Brock Spack has a 27-17 record in four seasons as Illinois State head football coach. (WJBC file photo)
By WJBC Staff
PHILADELPHIA - After leading his team to an 8-3 record and its first playoff appearance since 2006, Illinois State head football coach Brock Spack was named one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award Monday by The Sports Network.
The award is presented annually for the national coach of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision.
The Sports Network established the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award in 1987, and it has been presented annually to the top coach in FCS football. The award is named after Robinson, who retired as college football's then all-time winningest coach with a record of 408-164-15.
In his fourth season at the helm of the program, Spack and the Redbirds earned a first-round bye in the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and will head to Appalachian State on Dec. 1 for a matchup with the Mountaineers in the second round. ISU got out to a quick 5-0 start, its best since 1967, and posted a perfect 5-0 road record during the season. Included in those road wins were a 31-14 victory at Eastern Michigan and a 17-10 triumph at No. 14 ranked Indiana State.
Spack has compiled a 27-17 overall in four seasons as the head coach of the Redbirds and is 19-13 in MVFC play. He has led the team to four-straight winning seasons, becoming the first coach to achieve that feat since Edwin Struck led ISU to six-straight winning campaigns from 1945-50, and his teams have been ranked in the national polls for 18-straight weeks dating back to last season.
Spack joins North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl as Missouri Valley Football Conference representatives on this year's list. They are joined by Dino Babers (Eastern Illinois), Beau Baldwin (Eastern Washington), Dick Biddle (Colgate), Monte Coleman (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), Clint Conque (Central Arkansas), Walk Hameline (Wagner), Kevin Higgins (The Citadel), Brian Jenkins (Bethune-Cookman), Joe Moglia (Coastal Carolina), Joe Moorhead (Fordham), Karl Morgan (Mississippi Valley State), Chuck Priore (Stony Brook), Danny Rocco (Richmond), Jason Simpson (UT Martin), Bob Surace (Princeton), Andy Talley (Villanova), Jeff Voris (Butler) and Time Walsh (Cal Poly).