London Named 2011 Grant Teaff Coach of the Year
Charlottesville, VA – The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has named Virginia head football coach Mike London the recipient of the 2011 FCA Grant Teaff Coach of the Year Award. London was honored by the FCA at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2011 London led Virginia to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Cavaliers posted a 5-3 mark in the ACC’s Coastal Division and came within one victory of playing in the ACC Championship game. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coach of the Year in his second season at UVa.
The Cavaliers bettered their 2010 record by four victories. Along the way the Cavaliers became the first program to ever win road games at Miami and Florida State in the same season. A total of five Cavalier players earned either first or second-team All-ACC honors. Two players, senior cornerback Chase Minnifield and senior offensive guard Austin Pasztor, were named to postseason All-America teams.
It is the second time London has been recognized as a national coach of the year. In 2008, after leading Richmond to the Football Championship Series (FCS) National Championship, he was tabbed the FCS National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and Schutt Sports/American Football Monthly magazine.
Prior to taking over the Cavalier program London went 24-5 in two seasons at Richmond.
Named after Grant Teaff, former Baylor University coach, AFCA executive director and member of the FCA Board of Trustees, the Coach of the Year Award presented by FCA recognizes a football coach who exemplifies Christian principles and who is involved in FCA. The award is also based on the success and performance of the coach’s team that season. Previous winners include Tommy Bowden, Tommy Tuberville and Jerry Kill.