Chicago, Ill. – Robert Morris Head Football Coach Jared Williamson was named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Independent Football Coach of the Year for the 2012 season.
“It is an honor to accept an award on behalf of so many people,” said Williamson. “Every member of the staff is aware of how fortunate we are to have such quality players who continue to achieve and succeed academically, athletically, and socially at RMU.”
Williamson led the Eagles to an 8-3 record and the team was ranked as high as 22nd in the NAIA Top 25 Poll in just their second season of competition. RMU finished the season receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll after falling 28-19 to Saint Xavier University, the 2011 NAIA national champions, to end the season.
“Something like this is a direct tribute to the support and resources we are given at Robert Morris University,” stated Williamson. “From the top of the administration on down, there hasn’t been a day since we’ve been on the job that I didn’t come to work knowing we had all of the necessary tools to achieve on and off of the football field.”
The Eagles begin competition in the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) of the NAIA in the 2013 season. RMU opens the year against Ave Maria University (Fla.) on Labor Day weekend with the game to be played at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.