Jacksonville State's John Grass was honored on Tuesday at the American Football Coaches Association's annual convention as the 2015 AFCA National Coach of the Year.
Fresh off a 13-2 season that saw him win his second Ohio Valley Conference title in as many years and guide the Gamecocks to the FCS National Championship Game for the first time in school history, Grass became the first OVC coach to earn the honor and JSU's first National Coach of the Year since Bill Burgess in 1992.
Grass' Gamecocks broke more than 50 school records in 2015 en route to their second-straight unbeaten conference season. Grass became the first coach in league and FCS history to go unbeaten in conference play in his first two seasons as a head coach. He also tied for the best start to a head coaching career in FCS history through his first 26 games (23-3).
In an historic 2015 season, the Gamecocks defeated Chattanooga on the road before becoming the first FCS team in history to take a ranked FBS foe to overtime in a loss to No. 6 Auburn. JSU then rattled off 12-straight wins to claim its second-straight OVC crown, earn the No. 1 National Seed and roll into the FCS Championship Game in Frisco, Texas.
The Gamecocks finished the year ranked fourth nationally in total offense, third in rushing offense and second with 362 first downs. Defensively, JSU ranked 12th in total defense.