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Lead Tiger earns 4th regional Coach of the Year award

By BRIAN RAMSEY | OBU Sports Network

WACO, Texas — The American Football Coaches Association has named Ouachita Baptist University’s Todd Knight as its regional coach of the year for the 2022 season.

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This is Knight’s fourth AFCA regional coach of the year honor with all four awards following undefeated regular seasons and appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs. He was also honored in 2014, 2018, and 2019. Knight and the other regional coaches of the year will be honored at the 2023 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on January 9. The national coaches of the year will be announced at that convention.

“I’m humbled and appreciative to receive this award, “said Knight. “This award is special considering it comes from my fellow head coaches, many of whom I have learned from and developed relationships with throughout the years. This really isn’t about me, though. Our continued success at Ouachita reflects the commitment and hard work of our university staff, our assistant coaches, our student-athletes, our alumni, and our fans.”

Knight recently completed his 23rd season (24th year) at the helm of the Ouachita football program, leading the Tigers to a final 11-1 record, highlighted by an undefeated regular season, the program’s sixth Great American Conference championship in the 11-year history of the league, and the program’s fifth berth into the D2 playoffs.

In 2022, Knight was named GAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time, and 18 of his Tigers earned All-GAC honors. Knight holds GAC coaching records in total wins (96) and conference wins (92). 

Under Knight, the Tigers have posted 14 consecutive winning seasons, the longest active streak of any college football program in the state of Arkansas regardless of classification.

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