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The American Football Coaches Association is an association of football coaches on all levels and is responsible for the Coaches Poll that determines the national champion each year. The American Football Coaches Association is also responsible for the Top 25 poll for Division II and Division III.

The AFCA was founded in a meeting for 43 coaches at the Hotel Astor in New York City on Dec. 27, 1921. It is headquartered in Waco, Texasmarker (the headquarters building is located across from Baylor Universitymarker, formerly coached by AFCA executive director Grant Teaff).

Maj. Charles Daly of the U.S. Military Academy was the first president. He was followed by John Heisman. Other presidents have included Bear Bryant, Darrell Royal, Eddie Robinson, Bo Schembechler and Vince Dooley.

In 2006 the Association has 10,000 members and represents coaches at all levels including the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Junior College Athletic Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, USA Football, the National Football Foundation, College Football Hall of Famemarker, and Pop Warner Football.

Since 1940 it has awarded the annual Amos Alonzo Stagg Award to the "individual, group or institution whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football."

The Association has established a code of ethics and has made safety recommendations. It teams with USA Today for the Division I-A Coaches Poll.

All-American Teams

Since 1945, the American Football Coaches Association has selected an All-American team. It is the only one selected exclusively by the coaches themselves.

AFCA National Championship Trophy

The AFCA National Championship Trophy is the trophy awarded by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to the winner of college football's BCS National Championship Game, which determines the national champion for purposes of the Coaches Poll. The trophy has been awarded since 1986.

Tuss McLaughry Award

The Tuss McLaughry Award, established in 1964, is given to a distinguished American (or Americans) for the highest distinction in service to others. It is named in honor of DeOrmond “Tuss” McLaughry, the first full-time secretary-treasurer of the AFCA and one of the most dedicated and influential members in the history of the Association.

Tuss McLaughry, the award's namesake, began his coaching career at his alma mater, Westminster (Pa.) College in 1916. During his early days in coaching, McLaughry spent his spare time playing pro football with the Massillon (Ohio) Tigers. Knute Rockne was a teammate. He went on to become head coach at Amherst (1922-25), Brown (1926-40), and Dartmouth (1941-55). McLaughry retired from coaching in 1954, but continued in his capacity as chairman of the Physical Education Department at Dartmouth until 1960, when he accepted the appointment with the AFCA. He retired from that position in 1965.


  • 1964 Gen. Douglas MacArthur, armed forces
  • 1965 Bob Hope, entertainer
  • 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson, U.S. President
  • 1967 Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. President
  • 1968 J. Edgar Hoover, director, FBI
  • 1969 The Reverend Billy Graham, evangelist
  • 1970 Richard M. Nixon, U.S. President
  • 1971 Edwin Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronauts
  • 1974 John Wayne, actor
  • 1975 Gerald R. Ford, U.S. President
  • 1977 Gen. James A. Van Fleet, armed forces
  • 1979 James Stewart, actor
  • 1980 Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, armed forces
  • 1981 Dr. Jerome Holland, educator, business executive
  • 1982 Robert L. Crippen & John W. Young, astronauts
  • 1983 Ronald Reagan, U.S. President
  • 1985 Pete Rozelle, commissioner, NFL
  • 1986 Gen. Pete Dawkins, armed forces

  • 1987 Gen. Chuck Yeager, armed forces
  • 1988 Lindsey Nelson, sportscaster
  • 1989 George Shultz, U.S. Secretary of State
  • 1990 Burt Reynolds, actor
  • 1993 Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys
  • 1994 Charley Boswell, war hero
  • 1996 Eddie Robinson, Grambling State University
  • 1998 George Bush, U.S. President
  • 2001 Andrew Young, U.N. Ambassador
  • 2002 Roger Staubach, Businessman, Pro and College Football Hall of Famer
  • 2003 Dr. Stephen Ambrose, Author and historian
  • 2004 Gen. Tommy Franks, armed forces
  • 2005 Dr. Christopher Kraft, NASA
  • 2007 Paul Tagliabue, commissioner, NFL
  • 2008 Tom Osborne, Coach and Congressman

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