A pair of North Central College coaches were recognized by their peers this fall for excellence in leadership of their student-athletes.
Head men’s cross country coach Al Carius (H) ‘16 was honored as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, while head football coach Jeff Thorne was recognized as the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Region 4 Coach of the Year.
Carius was named the National Coach of the Year for the fifth time in the past eight seasons and the 10th time overall. He was also named the USTFCCCA’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year as the Cardinals won their 17th Division III national championship, their 27th Midwest Region title and their 43rd consecutive College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) crown.
Thorne is the first North Central coach to receive one of the AFCA’s Regional Coach of the Year Awards. He was also voted the Bob Reade Coach of the Year by the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin after leading the Cardinals to an overall record of 11-1 and the program’s 12th CCIW championship.