WACO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack head coach J.C. Harper was named 2010 American Football Coaches Association Region V Coach of the Year announced AFCA officials Monday afternoon.
Harper guided SFA through a historical run in 2010. An Eddie Robinson Award candidate, and a two-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Harper guided the Lumberjacks to a 9-3 (.750) overall record and the program's second-straight conference title. It marked the first time in school history that SFA had won league titles in consecutive seasons.
After an 0-11 campaign in his first season, Harper has now guided SFA to a 19-6 (.760) record over the course of the past two years and back-to-back NCAA FCS playoff appearances. It is the first time SFA has won at least nine games, and advanced to the postseason in consecutive years since the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
The Lumberjacks wrapped the regular season ranked among the nation's top five in every major poll. SFA was ranked third overall, with six first-place votes, in the Sports Network Top 25 poll, and was No. 2 in the FCS Coaches' final regular-season top-25 poll.