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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Otter Named Regional Coach of the Year

Keith Otterbein named Super Region 3 Coach of the Year
Hillsdale College Release
Third honor of football coach's career
December 2, 2009 - For the third time in his distinguished coaching career, Keith Otterbein has been recognized as the Regional Coach of the Year. The award was announced by the American Football Coaches Association Wednesday morning. news story image

Otterbein was one of five Division II coaches nationwide to earn regional honors by the AFCA. It is the first time he's earned the honor while coaching at Hillsdale, his alma mater.

Otterbein was previously named Regional Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1994 while coaching at Ferris State University. During those final three seasons with the Bulldogs, he led the team to 32 wins in 39 total games played.

With all his success, the 2009 season is certainly a high point in Otterbein's coaching career. On Sept. 5, he won his 100th career game as coach in Hillsdale's 37-35 home win over Michigan Tech. He would guide the Chargers to their best season in more than 20 years, with a 10-3 final record. On Oct. 10, he coached the Chargers to a 27-24 win over then-No. 1 Grand Valley State University, ending the Lakers' five-year regular season winning streak.

Hillsdale also qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in school history in 2009, and won its first playoff game, 27-24 in overtime, over Minnesota State-Mankato.

The 2009 GLIAC Coach of the Year, Otterbein has a career record of 108-81-3 as head coach. His 48 wins with the Chargers make him the fourth-winningest football coach in the 118-year history of Hillsdale College football. Over the past three seasons, Hillsdale's record of 25-10 is the second-best mark in the GLIAC.

Please click on the link below for the regional coach of the year release from the AFCA.

2009 AFCA Regional Coaches of the Year

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Otter, This honor is well deserved and I thank you for your dedication to our kids and the program. We had a ball this season and I for one will miss it more than I can say.

Thanks for everything....Not only are you a great coach but even a better man. Good Luck always!


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