Columbus, Ohio – GameDay Management, Inc announced today the OhioCollegeFootball.com DIII Coach of the Year for 2011. The honor was selected by a panel of media and DIII Sports Information Directors from the State of Ohio.
The OhioCollegeFootball.com Coach of the Year is given annually to the top head coaches from Ohio in all divisions – NCAA DI, DII and DIII.
The winner of the 2011 OhioCollegeFootball.com DIII Coach of the Year is Heidelberg Head Coach Mike Hallett.
Hallett, who is in his fifth-season at Heidelberg, marched the Berg to an 8-2 record in 2011 and a tie for second place (7-2) in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The 8-2 mark is the best since 1993. He has a career coaching record of 40 wins and 40 losses while holding down a 25-25 mark at Heidelberg.
The OhioCollegeFootball.com Coach of the Year will be honored at a banquet on Saturday, April 13, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus, Ohio on the eve of the Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl III at Crew Stadium.
The Ohio Army National Guard and OhioCollegeFootball.com are pleased to unveil the 2012 Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl logo for the spring classic which will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Cincinnati remains on top of the OCF DI rankings despite the late season loss to West Virginia. How will the Bearcats fare without the services of Zach Collaros? OSU’s thoughts of a Big Ten Championship were left on the West Lafayette field as the Buckeye’s fell to Purdue, 26-23 in overtime.
How about those Panthers from Ohio Dominican? Two weeks ago they knocked off Ashland and this week they handled Indianapolis, 38-26. Urbana finished the 2011 season with an impressive 8-3 mark while Findlay, under rookie head coach Rob Keys, concluded the season with a 6-5 record.
Mount Union captured the OCF DIII top ranking for the fourth straight season. Baldwin-Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg and Wittenberg rounded out the Top Five.
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The 2012 Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl III will be played on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
A couple of big games on tap this week in the Mid-American Conference which could change the landscape of the OCF DI rankings. Cincinnati held on to defeat Pittsburgh, 26-23, to guide the Big East.
Probably the biggest news over the weekend was Ohio Dominican’s 20 -17 upset win over Ashland. Coming into the game AU was ranked 6th in the NCAA Super Region No. 3 Rankings. The win moves the Panthers to the top spot in the OCF FCS/II rankings. Dayton fell to San Diego, 31-28, at Welcome Stadium.
Baldwin-Wallace almost came up with an upset of their own as it took a late Mount Union touchdown to defeat the Yellow Jackets, 25-20. Wittenberg dropped a 28-17 decision to Wabash and Mount St. Joseph picked up their 6th win of the year over Hanover.
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For most programs this is the final week of the regular season…hard to believe. Big test for Cincinnati as they host West Virginia. Ohio Dominican upset Ashland last week can the Panthers do it two weeks in a row?
Ohio Northern travels to Heidelberg for a huge clash in the OAC and Defiance will host a much improved Bluffton team.
Get out and enjoy some Ohio college football…
OCF Games of the Week
NCAA I-A – West Virginia (6-3, 2-2) at Cincinnati (7-1, 3-0)
NCAA II – Indianapolis (7-3, 6-3) at Ohio Dominican (6-4, 5-4)
NCAA III – Ohio Northern (6-3, 5-3) at Heidelberg (7-2, 6-2)
NCAA III – Bluffton (4-5, 4-3) at Defiance (4-5, 4-3)
Games to keep an eye on: Youngstown at North Dakota State, Dayton at Drake, Findlay at Wayne State, John Carroll at Baldwin-Wallace, Thomas More at Mount St. Joseph and Case Western at Carnegie Mellon.
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