Chris Mitchell, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
St. LOUIS – Washington University in St. Louis head football coach Larry Kindbom was named the 2018 American Football Coaches Association Region 4 Coach of the Year, as announced by the organization.
Kindbom will be honored at the American Football Coaches Awards on Tuesday, January 8, during the 2019 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Kindbom led the Bears to an 8-2 overall record in the program’s first season as an associate member in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). The Bears finished in third place in the CCIW with a 7-2 mark. WashU upset then No. 12-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) 17-10 on Oct. 13 for its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2010.
The Bears finished third in the CCIW in scoring defense (22.6 ppg), third in pass offense (322.8 ypg) and first in turnover margin (+8). WashU set the CCIW single-season record for passing completions in a season (273).
Kindbom was also named the 2018 CCIW Bob Reade Coach of the Year and theD3football.comNorth Region Coach of the Year.
Kindbom’s team improved by five wins over 2017, a season spent as an independent. The Bears were ranked No. 25 in the final regular season D3football.com Top-25 poll, and WashU’s eight wins are tied for second most in a single season in the 122 years of the program.
Kindbom has a 185-116 (.615) record in 30 seasons at WashU, and a 213-146-1 (.593) overall mark in 36 seasons as a head coach. The 213 wins are 18thmost in Division III history.
The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association’s five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners are selected by Active members of the Association who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.
2018 AFCA Division III Region Coaches of the Year
Region 1: Jason Mangone, The College at Brockport
Region 2: Jim Margraff, Johns Hopkins University
Region 3: Pete Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Region 4: Larry Kindbom, Washington University in St. Louis
Region 5: Kevin Bullis, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater