MIRIELLO NAMED SPORTEXE DIVISION III FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Washington and Lee Head Football Coach Frank Miriello has been named the inaugural Division III National Coach of the Year by Sportexe Synthetic Turf Company.

Miriello was chosen by a panel of Sportexe company officials, regional sales representatives and marketing and public relations personnel. Other coach of the year award winners include New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton (NFL), University of Houston coach Art Briles (NCAA IA), Coastal Carolina coach David Bennett (I-AA), Chadron State coach Billy O'Boyle (II), Bethel coach Dino Kaklis (NAIA), Blinn coach Brad Franchione (JC) and Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell (HS).

The 2006 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and AFCA Region III, Division III Coach of the Year, Miriello garnered the award after leading the Generals to their first conference championship since the 1985 season. W&L finished the 2006 campaign with a 7-4 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the ODAC. Additionally, the Generals made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs.

A four-time ODAC Coach of the Year, Miriello recently completed his 12th season with the Generals and claims a 61-58-1 (.513) overall record. His 61 wins rank second all-time at W&L, just 17 wins shy of surpassing Gary Fallon (1978-94) for the top spot. His .513 winning percentage is also the third-best by a W&L coach since 1926.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award,” said Miriello. “It is another rewarding accomplishment for this entire program. We have a good group of coaches, players and supporters that help make recognition like this possible. Sportexe is a quality company and I am proud to wear this honor.”

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