WACO, Texas — Berry College head football coach Tony Kunczewski has been selected as the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Regional Coach of the Year after leading his team to the best season in program history.
The honor is the first on Kunczewski's career and comes after also earning his second consecutive Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Coach of the Year award.
Kunczewski, now in his fifth season at the helm, continued to push the Berry football program to new heights. The Vikings secured their second consecutive SAA title this year after a perfect 10-0 regular season and finished the year 11-1 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA playoffs, a program best. Under Coach K's leadership, the Vikings led the SAA in nearly every defensive category during the regular season and shattered over 100 program records on all sides of the ball. Berry also jumped into the national spotlight for the first time this year, advancing to a No. 18 ranking in both the D3football.com and AFCA polls. Kunczewski's team placed a program-best three players on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District teams for their excellence in the classroom. Berry also earned five SAA Player of the Week honors this season, three D3football.com Team of the Week selections and 21 total All-Conference honorees.
Over his career at Berry, Kunczewski has coached 73 All-Conference selections, an SAA Newcomer of the Year, Mamadou Soumahoro, a two-time SAA Defensive Player of the Year and the program's first All-American, over 120 SAA Academic Honor Roll recipients and a GEICO Play of the Year selection. After a 2-17 record in Berry's first two seasons of football, Kunczewski has led the Vikings to a 27-5 record over the past three seasons, two conference titles and an impressive 15-1 record at Valhalla Stadium.