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DeLong Honored By Gridiron Club Of Greater Boston

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 2, 2003 – Springfield College head coach Mike DeLong has been chosen the coach of the year by the Gridiron Club Of Greater Boston, announced today.

DeLong guided the Pride to the first 10-0 regular season in 111 years of SC football and the No. 1 seed in the East in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Pride earned a No. 6 ranking in the final American Football Coaches Association Division III Regular-Season National Poll. SC dropped a 40-34 decision to RPI in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to finish 10-1.

With 112 victories, DeLong has won more games than any other other coach in the 111-year history of the program. He has directed SC to four NCAA Tournament appearances, five Freedom Football Conference (FFC) titles, an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship, and a 64-29 overall record since SC joined the Division III ranks in 1995. The Pride also established the premier running attack in Division III, leading the nation in rushing five times (1996, ‘99, 2000, ‘02 and ‘03). DeLong lists the 2000 and 2003 FFC Coach-of-the-Year Awards among his numerous career honors.

For information on the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, please visit www.gridironclubofgreaterboston.com.

SC juniors Ryan Sylvia and Brian Dewey were named to the New England Football Writers’ Division II-III All-Star team. They will be honored at the New England Football Writers’ Captains Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 4 in Randolph, Mass.

Sylvia, a quarterback from Marion, Mass., earned the FFC Offensive Player-of-the-Year Award after a record-setting 2003 campaign. He set an NCAA Division III record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (20). Sylvia was the FFC’s top scorer (10.9 points-per-game) and finished fourth in the conference in rushing (102.0 yards-per-game). He also threw for 386 yards and seven scores, and rushed for 100 yards on seven occasions this season. Sylvia is third all-time at SC with 34 rushing touchdowns and fourth with 204 points.

Dewey, a native of Victory Mills, N.Y., was an All-FFC first-team selection. He was a major reason why the Pride led Division III in rushing (398.5 ypg) and ranked third in scoring (42.4 ppg). After spending his first two seasons as a reserve tight end, he moved to right tackle in ’03 and started all 11 games.
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Head Coach Mike DeLong Mike DeLong enters his 32nd season as a head football coach in the fall of 2013, including his 30th year as the head coach at his alma mater, Springfield College. To date, DeLong currently has the second-most career wins of any active Division III football coach. Read more.

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