Panther’s Englehart Named Co-Coach of the Year In GSC
By Space Coast Daily // November 19, 2014
Englehart collects his first-ever Coach of Year
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – Florida Tech head coach Steve Englehart has been named Co-Coach of the Year in the Gulf South Conference.
After leading the second-year program to a 6-5 record, including 3-4 in the loaded GSC, Englehart was named Co-Coach of the Year, along with Delta State’s Todd Cooley.
Englehart collects his first-ever Coach of Year in FIT’s second season in the GSC. The Panthers featured one of the top offenses in the league this year, ranking tops in first downs (280) and second in passing (288.7 yards per game) and total offense (487.6 yards per game).
“Obviously it’s nice that the other coaches in the conference feel that I was deserving,” said Englehart. “My staff and my assistant coaches deserve the recognition probably more than I do. I think there were a lot of deserving coaches.
“When you look at what Will Hall did in his first year at West Georgia I think he was deserving. I think David Dean at Valdosta State was deserving with the way he was able to rally his team and make it to the playoffs. When you look at Bobby Wallace at North Alabama and how he was able to battle through injuries and make it to the playoffs, he was very deserving as well. And of course, Coach Cooley at Delta State as well. I think all four of those guys were very deserving. I’m very humbled that they would vote for me for that award.”
This is marks the fourth time in six years that the GSC has honored at least two Coaches of the Year.
Cooley celebrated his second season at DSU by claiming his second honor in a row after taking home outright accolades in 2013.
He guided the Statesmen back to the top of the GSC for the first time since 2011 as DSU shared the 2014 title with North Alabama.
Delta State leads the Conference heading into the NCAA post-season after earning the No. 2 seed and a First-Round bye.