WACO, Texas/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The honors keep coming for rookie head coach Tyler Staker, as he was recently named the West/Region Five Coach of the year by D3football.com and the AFCA.
Staker becomes just the second coach in Iowa Conference history to earn the D3football.com West Region Coach of the Year award, as Wartburg's Rick Willis earned the honor in 2014. This marks the 12th time an Iowa Conference coach has been named the AFCA Region Five Coach of the Year. Staker joins his father, Steve, in 2009 and Erik Raeburn in 2002 as fellow Kohawk head coaches to win the award. Coe and Central are the only two teams in the Iowa Conference with multiple coaches to win the award. The five regional award winners for the AFCA are the finalist for the AFCA National Coach of the Year, which will be announced on Jan. 10.
The Kohawks went 11-1 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in Staker's first year at the helm. Coe set a school record with 11 victories, while becoming just the third team in school history to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Kohawks ranked sixth in the nation in fewest penalties with 3.92 per game. Coe also had one of the best red zone offenses in the nation, ranking 23rd by scoring on 86.8 percent of their trips to the red zone. The Kohawks ranked 16th in the country with 253.7 rushing yards per game, while ranking 27th in total offense with 437.6 yards per game. Coe's 4.08 tackles for loss allowed per game is the ninth best in the nation. Coe ranked third in the nation with a 2.08 turnover margin.
Staker was previously named the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year.