WACO, TEXAS — Georgetown College (Ky.) Head Coach Bill Cronin has been named to the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association.
Cronin joins a group of distinguished head coaches who guide the organization. The Board formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA, which was founded in 1922 by Amos Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman and others. The AFCA has more than 10,000 members from all levels of the profession.
Cronin was selected to fill the newly-created NAIA position on the Board. The change to the Board make-up was approved by the AFCA membership at the 2007 AFCA Convention in San Antonio.
“This is a great breakthrough for the NAIA and I’m fortunate to be the one to get the call,” Cronin said. “To be able to serve on a board with the type of individuals who are representing the coaching profession is an honor. I want to thank Coach Teaff and the AFCA for making this possible for the NAIA.”
Other members of the AFCA Board of Trustees include president Ken Sparks of Carson-Newman College; first vice-president Tyrone Willingham of the University of Washington; second vice-president Dick Tomey of San Jose State University and third vice-president Larry Kehres of Mount Union College.
Also serving on the Board in 2007: Rob Ash, Drake University; Mike Bellotti, University of Oregon; Tim Murphy, Harvard University; Joe Glenn, University of Wyoming; Joe Novak, Northern Illinois University; Tommy Tuberville, Auburn University; Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia University; Mike Welch, Ithaca College; Jim Tressel, Ohio State University; Mack Brown, University of Texas; Lee Owens, Ashland University; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest University and Rob Ianello, University of Notre Dame, ex officio member and chairman of the Assistant Coaches Committee. AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization.
In ten seasons at Georgetown, Cronin has led the Tigers to two NAIA national championships and two runner-up finishes. He is the winningest coach in school history with a career record of 106-19 (.848). He is a two-time NAIA Coach of the Year and a five-time Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world, ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching.”