Head Football Coach Earns Host of Honors
After leading his team to the NCAC championship, an undefeated regular season and the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals in 2009, Football Head Coach Joe Fincham finished third in balloting by coaches for the Columbus Dispatch Ohio College Football Coach of the Year award.
The statewide recognition followed a string of postseason honors for Fincham, starting with his sixth NCAC Coach of the Year award in 14 years at the helm. In addition, Fincham was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association for the second time and Ohio Division III Coach of the Year honors by OhioCollegeFootball.com.
Fincham led the Tigers to the 18th undefeated regular season in school history in 2009 and their ninth NCAC title in 21 years in the league, good for a tie with Allegheny for the most in conference history. The outright title advanced the Tigers to their 13th NCAA Division III Tournament since its inception in 1973. Wittenberg reached the national quarterfinals for the fourth time under Fincham before bowing out at eventual national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater to finish the season ranked No. 7 in the country by the AFCA and No. 6 by d3football.com.
Fincham has career records of 126-30 overall and 85-14 in the NCAC. He trails only National College Football Hall of Fame honoree Dave Maurer, who posted a 129-23-3 record between 1969 and 1983, in total wins at Wittenberg. He ranks third in winning percentage as his .810 mark trails Maurer (.842) and fellow National College Football Hall of Famer Bill Edwards, who had a 98-20-4 record (.820) between 1955 and 1969.