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Bohl wins FCS Coach of the Year Award

Wyoming coach Craig Bohl won the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, The Sports Network announced Monday. He became the award’s first back-to-back winner in its 27-year history.

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Bohl collected 42 first-place votes and 418 points, 48 more points than the second place finisher, Eastern Illinois coach Dino Babers.

Bohl’s North Dakota State Bison held their No. 1 ranking throughout the entirety of the regular season, defeating Kansas State on the road in the season opener and going on to post their first unbeaten regular season since 1990. North Dakota State’s victory over South Dakota in the regular season finale was Bohl’s 100th at the university in 11 seasons.

In Bohl’s 11 seasons in Fargo, the Bison have had 10 winning seasons and won at least 10 games five times.

“Typically, the part of the country we’re from, we’re going to have to leverage the fact that we’ve got a lot of big, strong kids. We don’t have an abundant amount of speed in our geographical area; it doesn’t mean we don’t have some speed on our football team,” Bohl said.

“But we looked at that and said for us to be successful, we’re going to have to be a hard-nosed, physical, disciplined team. We’re not a lot of bells and whistles, we’re not a spread offense, we’re not a real flashy defense. We just play physical, disciplined football. So far, it’s worked well for us.”

With two more victories in the FCS Playoffs, North Dakota State will become the first FCS team to win three consecutive national titles since Appalachian State did it from 2005 to 2007.

Alongside his two consecutive Eddie Robinson Awards, Bohl has also been named the Missouri Valley Coach of the Year for three straight seasons.