Matt Mccarty named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year

December 06, 2022 1:21pm

Matt Mccarty

WACO, Texas – For the second time in his time leading the Red Raider football program, Northwestern College head football coach Matt McCarty has been named the Region IV Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) within the five regions of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

McCarty is winning the honor outright for the first time in his career after leading Northwestern to a 12-1 (9-1 GPAC) up to this point, and earning the program’s second trip in three seasons to the national championship game.

Entering the final game of the 2022 season, the Red Raiders lead the NAIA in rushing touchdowns (42), third down conversions (54%), red zone touchdowns (52). Additionally, NWC sits top-5 in the following categories: yards per game (2nd), passing touchdowns (2nd), yards per rush (2nd), PATs (2nd), points per game (3rd), first downs per game (3rd), and defensive touchdowns (5th).

In his seventh season leading the football program, McCarty has compiled an overall record of 66-18 and 52-11 in Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) play. He has posted a record of 9-5 in NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) play.

He won the honor in a co-Coach of the year capacity back in 2017, along with Morningside’s Steve Ryan, leading the Raiders to a 10-2 (7-1 GPAC) record with a trip to the NAIA FCS Quarterfinal round in just his second season as head coach.

Across all levels of football (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, and NAIA) that the AFCA gives awards, McCarty is one of eight coaches to earn the honor multiple times in the 2022 class. At the NAIA level, he joins just Joe Woodley of Grand View University.

The Raiders will compete in their second national title game under McCarty on Saturday, December 17 in Durham, N.C. against Keiser University (Fla.). Northwestern will look to bring back the program’s third national title and first since the 1983 season.

The national coaches of the year will be announced on January 9 by the AFCA. All Region Coaches of the Year are finalists for the National Coach of the Year award.