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    American Football Coaches Association Elects Amato
    Chuck Amato joins AFCA Board of Trustees
    Chuck Amato joins AFCA Board of Trustees

    Jan. 9, 2002

    SAN ANTONIO, TEX.--Head coaches Chuck Amato of NC State, Tony Samuel of New Mexico State University and Rob Ash of Drake University have been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association. The three were elected by members attending the 2002 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

    They join a group of distinguished head coaches who guide the organization. The Board formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA, which was founded in 1922 by Amos Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman and others. The AFCA has more than 8,000 members from all levels of the profession.

    Returning members of the AFCA Board of Trustees include incoming president Glen Mason of the University of Minnesota, first vice-president Phil Fulmer, University of Tennessee, second vice-president Ken Hatfield, Rice University and third vice-president Paul Pasqualoni, Syracuse University.

    Also serving on the Board in 2002: Scot Dapp, Moravian College, Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Missouri State University, Ron Randleman, Sam Houston State University, Ken Sparks, Carson-Newman College, Larry Kehres, Mount Union College, Tyrone Willingham, University of Notre Dame, Todd Berry, U.S. Military Academy, R.C. Slocum, Texas A&M University and Ken Rucker, University of Alabama, ex officio member and chairman of the Assistant Coaches Committee. AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization.

    A long-time assistant coach at Florida State, Arizona and NC State, Amato completed his second year as a head coach at his alma mater in 2001. He has led the Wolfpack to back-to-back bowl bids and has a career record of 15-9 (.625).

    Samuel completed his fifth season at New Mexico State in 2001, leading the Aggies to a 5-7 record and a third-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference. He has a five-year career record of 19-37 (.339).

    Ash completed his 13th year at Drake in 2001, leading the Bulldogs to a 5-5 record. He has a career record of 133-75-5 (.636) in 22 years at Drake and Juniata.

    The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 8,000 members around the world, ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching."

    For more information on the AFCA and its programs log on to the AFCA's website at



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