John GlassVoting Closed
John Grass begins his second season as head coach of the Gamecocks and his third season at JSU after what has been an unprecedented two years. Grass served as the Gamecocks’ assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2013 and orchestrated an offense that set numerous school, OVC and national records before taking the reigns as the head coach for the 2014 season.
That first season as a collegiate head coach saw him take JSU to a 10-2 record and as high as No. 2 in the national polls, thanks to a perfect 8-0 mark in league play and the Gamecocks’ first outright Ohio Valley Conference title since 2004..
Chris KliemanVoting Closed
Head Coach for: North Dakota State
NDSU is coach Chri Klieman’s second head coaching job. He was the head coach for one season at Division III member Loras College where he went 3-7 in an injury-plagued 2005 season. He had been the defensive coordinator at Loras the previous three seasons and transformed the Duhawks into one of the Iowa Conference’s most feared defensive units. Klieman took Loras from ninth in the league in defense to leading the league in rushing defense, passing defense and total defense.
A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Klieman was a three-time All-Gateway Conference defensive back at Northern Iowa and a four-year letterwinner from 1986-90. He graduated from UNI in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in health education and earned a master’s degree in physical education from UNI in 1992.
Brock SpatVoting Closed
Head Coach: Illinois State
When Brock Spack was named the 20th head coach in Illinois State football history prior to the 2009 season, he saw Illinois State football as a “sleeping giant” – a program that had all of the tools and resources to be a powerhouse in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), but was lacking the foresight to see itself that way.
After two appearances in the FCS playoffs in the last three seasons and a 2014 Missouri Valley Football Conference championship, it looks as if the giant has been awoken. A two-time finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, Spack has changed the culture of Redbird football.
Beau BaldwinVoting Closed
Coach For: Eastern Washington University
Seven Seasons as Head Coach at EWU, 11 Seasons Overall
67-25 Overall (.728 – School Record & 7th-best in Big Sky history)
45-11 Big Sky (.804 – School Record & 5th-best in Big Sky history)
• In his seven years as Eastern’s head coach, the Eagles have ranked in the top 10 in FCS in passing offense six times and total offense four seasons (including 2014). Eastern led the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in passing offense in 2011, averaging 368.5 yards per game, and led the nation in scoring in 2014 (44.1 points per game). In EWU’s last 11 seasons (2004-2014), including 10 with Baldwin on the coaching staff, EWU has ranked in the top 10 in passing nine times and total offense on seven occasions.
John StiegelmeierVoting Closed
The winningest football coach in South Dakota State history, John Stiegelmeier has built the Jackrabbit program in a yearly contender within the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision. Overall, Coach Stig has led the Jackrabbits to a 120-86 record (.582 winning percentage) in 18 seasons. With Stiegelmeier at the helm, SDSU has reached the FCS playoffs four times (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014), and won first-round contests the last three seasons. His 37 victories in MVFC play rank fourth in league history, while his 52 overall wins since joining the league in 2008 rank in a tie for 10th among all-time league coaches.
Stiegelmeier passed Ralph Ginn (113-89-9 record from 1947-68) atop the Jackrabbit career victories list on Sept. 20, 2014, when the Jackrabbits defeated Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 41-3, at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. Coach Stig was presented with the Ralph Ginn Award for Coaching Excellence, which is presented annually to an SDSU alumnus, by his alma mater during the 2014 season.
Joe MogliaVoting Closed
Coach For: Coastal Carolina
Joe Moglia enters his fourth season as the Coastal Carolina head coach/executive director for football and second as the Chair of the Coastal Carolina athletic division, serving as the leader for Chanticleer athletics.
Moglia has been a national coach of the year finalists in each of his first three seasons — finishing runner-up in 2014, the Big South Coach of the Year twice and the American Football Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year once.
Matt ViatorVoting Closed
• Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Finalist • 2013, 2007, 2006
• 2nd winningest coach in school history (68-32 in 9 seasons)
• Only head coach in SLC history to post a winning season every year with a minimum of eight seasons
One of the most successful coaches in the NCAA’s FCS division, McNeese’s Matt Viator has guided the Cowboys to winning seasons in all eight of his years at the helm and is one of three head coaches in school history to never post a losing season, joining Les DeVall (1957-65) and Ernie Duplechin (1979-81). He’s the only coach Southland Conference history to have a winning season each year in his career with a minimum of nine seasons under his belt.