Montana’s Bobby Hauck and Carroll College’s Mike Van Diest were both named Wednesday as the AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year at their respective levels.
Hauck has guided the Grizzlies to a 12-0 record while advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, where his team will face Stephen F. Austin Saturday afternoon.
He has been named the AFCA’s Region 5 Coach of the Year three times: 2006, 2007, and 2009. He was also named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year those three seasons.
Van Diest led Carroll to a 13-0 mark in 2009 with an appearance in the NAIA semifinals, where they’ll face Lindenwood (Mo.) in a rematch of a 2008 semifinal game.
Van Diest has guided the Saints to five NAIA national championships, including four straight from 2002-05.