WACO, Texas – For Salisbury University Head Football Coach Sherman Wood, the 2011 season was one of the most successful in his career. Along with the deepest run the Salisbury program has made in the playoffs in 25 years, the 11 wins are the most of Wood's career and on Tuesday he was honored by the American Football Coaches Association as the Region 1 Coach of the Year.
It marks the first time in Wood's 19 years as a head coach that he has earned the award. Last month, Wood was named the Coach of the Year in the Empire 8 Conference, in Salisbury's first season in the new league.
The Sea Gulls posted an 11-2 mark on their way to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament, the program's longest run since the 1986 season when Salisbury played in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the Division III national championship game.
Wood is the all-time winningest coach in program history with a career mark of 92-46 and a 37-18 conference record.
Wood is one of five Division III Region Coaches of the Year, and the five are now eligible to be named the AFCA's National Coach of the Year, which will be announced at the AFCA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in early January.