MIRIELLO NAMED REGION III FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR

WACO, Texas -- Washington and Lee Head Football Coach Frank Miriello has been named the 2006 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III, Region III Coach of the Year in voting conducted by the Association's members.

The 2006 Old Dominion Athletic Conference 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.

Miriello is now eligible for the Division III National Coach of the Year Award and will receive his regional award at the AFCA Coach of the Year Banquet held on January 10 at the 2007 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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