Mills Named DII/III New England Head Coach of the Year
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College football head coach E.J. Mills has been named the Division II/III New England Head Coach of the Year, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced today. This is the first time Mills has been awarded the organization's top coaching honor.
This is the third 2009 Coach of the Year honor for Mills, who was also recognized by the NESCAC and the American Football Coaches Association. Mills becomes the third NESCAC coach to be named the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's DII/III New England Head Coach of the Year, an honor that has been bestowed since 1999.
Mills’ 13th season as Amherst’s head coach was his most accomplished. The Lord Jeffs finished at a perfect 8-0 for the first time since 1984, won their first outright NESCAC title, claimed the Little Three crown for the first time since 2004, defeated Trinity College for the first time since 2001, and won at archrival Williams College’s Weston Field for the first time since 1985. Amherst currently leads all of Division III in sacks per game (4.75) and ranks second in rushing defense (50.9 ypg), third in tackles-for-loss per game (9.5), fourth in red zone defense (52%) and fifth in scoring defense (10.4 ppg).
Although Mills is the first Amherst coach to be honored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, the organization has recognized several Amherst student-athletes who have played under him. Fletcher Ladd '05 and Dan Guariglia '08 were each recipients of the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and citizenship. Alex Bernstein '97 and Rich Willard '98 each earned the Joseph P. Zabilski Award, which recognizes New England's best collegiate player in Division II and III.
Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. For more information, visit the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston website.