Western New York native Jason Mangone of the College at Brockport was named NCAA Division III National Football Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
Mangone, who is from Lancaster, led the Golden Eagles to the best season in the history of football at the college. Brockport advanced to the NCAA semifinals and was ranked fifth in both major Division III national polls.
Under Mangone, the team broke most of the Brockport offensive records and ranked in the top ten nationally on defense.
The award caps a list of awards for the Golden Eagle coaching staff, which was named Empire 8 Staff of the Year. Mangone also was named D3Football.com East Region Coach of the Year, and had 20 players earn conference, regional, and national awards after the historic season.
Among the coaches Mangone beat out was another Western New York native, Mike Sirianni of Washington & Jefferson. Sirianni is a graduate of Southwestern Central in Jamestown.
Besides Mangone, other AFCA Coach of the Year honorees were: FBS Scott Frost, Central Florida, FCS Brian Bohannon, Kennesaw State; Division II, Pete Shinnick, West Florida and NAIA, Kevin Donley, Saint Francis.