Wes Popolizio, WNE Sports Information, contributed to this report
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 28, 2016) – After leading Western New England University to its most successful season in program history, Keith Emery has been named the Division II/Division III Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers (NEFW).
Emery, who was also named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, led the Golden Bears to a school-record 11 wins in 2016 and the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory. Western New England completed its second straight undefeated regular season (10-0, 7-0 NEFC) before defeating Husson University in the NCAA first round on November 19 and falling just short to Alfred University in a thrilling second round contest.
Emery’s Golden Bears completed a wire-to-wire run atop the Jack Grinold/Easern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation New England DIII Football Coaches Poll, and broke into the national rankings at No. 23 in the final American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) DIII Coaches Poll of the regular season.
After 12 seasons at the helm of the Western New England football program, Emery owns a career record of 78-46 (.630), including an impressive 29-4 (.880) mark over the last three years. He has led the Golden Bears to NEFC titles and NCAA appearances in 2011, 2015 and 2016.
Emery will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 8, at the Montvale Plaza, in Stoneham, Mass. People interested in attending should contact Dick Lipe at Bentley University at 781-891-2334.