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Football Coach Keith Emery Now a Finalist In Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Voting

Posted November 20, 2011

emery_finalistgifKeith Emery of Western New England University was named one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual Division III Football Coach of the Year on December 6. Fans can help Emery win the National Coach of the Year Award by placing multiple votes (a limit of one a day per person) until December 22. Click on “DIV III” at this site.

Western New England enjoyed its best season ever with a 10-2 record this fall. Emery was voted the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Boyd Division Coach of the Year for the second straight season and won this season's New England Coach of the Year award. The Golden Bears finished first in the Boyd Division with a perfect 7-0 record and captured the program's first-ever NEFC Championship with a dramatic 20-13 overtime victory over Framingham State. Western New England then made its inaugural appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship dropping an opening round game at No. 13 Salisbury (MD).

This national honor is based on sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence.

If Emery wins the national award, he will receive $50,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. Emery has designated the Springfield Rebuilding Together organization as his official charity.

In addition, $20,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to the Western New England Alumni Association.

Liberty Mutual will announce the winner of each division the morning of the BCS Championship game, January 9, 2012, in New Orleans.

Emery's squad enjoyed a school-record nine-game winning streak this fall and finished second behind Amherst in the New England Division III Coaches Poll. Western New England also received votes for the first time in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Poll.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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