FORT WAYNE – Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley was named to the NAIA Hall of Fame, the NAIA announced Thursday.
Donley is one of 12 nominees to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. He will enter the Hall at the Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Banquet in Indianapolis on Jan. 13.
I am truly, honestly humbled to be selected for this honor, and I’ve been fortunate to have worked with so many good people from assistant coaches to players to administrators, especially here at USF the last 15 years, Donley said in a statement.
Donley, who is entering his 35th year as a college coach, has the most victories in NAIA history with 263.
Donley has a 263-119-1 career record and has posted winning seasons in 20 of the last 21 years. He led the Cougars to the MSFA Mideast League championship 10 times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2012).
Saint Francis qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series 12 times under Donley, and the Cougars reached the national championship game three straight times from 2004 to ’06, losing each time.
Before starting the Cougars’ program in 1998, Donley coached at Anderson University, Georgetown College (Ky.) and University of California (Pa.).
The Cougars have won 10 conference titles in 14 seasons under Donley, who has 149-34 record at Saint Francis.
He was named the NAIA national coach of the year in 1991 at Georgetown and 2004 at Saint Francis. He earned the MSFA coach of the year award eight times at Saint Francis, earning the honor in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2012.
Words cannot describe the impact that Kevin Donley has had on this university, Saint Francis athletic director Mike McCaffrey said in a statement.
The hundreds of student-athletes he has mentored and helped to become grown men, the coaches that have gone on to achieve such great things in their own lives, and all the while achieving greatness within the principles and morals that we all should have guiding us makes Coach D the epitome of a Hall of Famer!
The other NAIA Hall of Fame inductees are James Jim Poteet, Southwestern Christian (Okla.), meritorious service; Tyler Emmert, Carroll (Mont.), football athlete; Bobby Davis, Tennessee Wesleyan, basketball athlete; Ralph Hodge, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), basketball coach; Stephen Jenkins, Evangel (Mo.), basketball coach; Jon Rocky Lamar, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), basketball coach; Keith Lytle, Oklahoma City, baseball meritorious service; Chris Schroder, Oklahoma City, baseball athlete; Benjamin Ben Zobrist, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), baseball athlete; Mike Renney, Simon Fraser (British Columbia), softball coach; and John Mason, Fort Hays State (Kan.), track and field athlete.
The inductees will be recognized throughout the year at their respective NAIA national championships, national coaches’ association meetings or at the 73rd NAIA national convention in Kansas City, Mo.