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Wilder Named American Football Monthly Coach of the Year

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: January 14, 2013
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Jan. 14, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University head football coach Bobby Wilder was named the American Football Monthly FCS Coach of the Year, the organization announced Monday.

"This is a tremendous honor to win this award from a highly respected publication like American Football Monthly. I accept this award on behalf of Old Dominion University, our students, and everyone associated with our program that gave a great effort this year during our 11-2 season," Wilder said. We truly are a football family that understands the priorities and values of our great institution. I could not be more proud to represent ODU and our football program."

Wilder led the Monarchs to an 11-2 record and a 7-1 mark in the CAA to finish atop the league. ODU earned the No. 4 national seed in the FCS playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals. ODU finished the season ranked No. 6 in the final FCS The Sports Network Poll and the FCS Coaches Poll.

Old Dominion's offense led the country in scoring offense, total offense and passing offense while sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke set FCS records for passing yards in a season and completions and won the Walter Payton Award for the best player in the FCS.

Under Wilder's guidance, ODU had six players garner All-America honors this season, including Heinicke, left tackle Jack Lowney, wide receiver Nick Mayers, defensive linemen Chris Burnette, linebacker Craig Wilkins and punter Jonathan Plisco.

In just four seasons at ODU, Wilder has a record of 38-10 for a winning percentage of .791.

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