Johns Hopkins' Jim Margraff named national DIII football coach of the year

Quarterback David Tammaro, offensive lineman Joe Figueroa garner All-American recognition from

Jim Margraff

Image caption: Jim Margraff

Johns Hopkins University football coach Jim Margraff has been named the National Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Jays to a 12-2 record, a 10th straight Centennial Conference title, and an eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA playoffs.

Hopkins advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in school history in 2018, and the 12 wins the Blue Jays amassed this season are a school record. On Tuesday, Johns Hopkins was ranked No. 5 in the year-end polls released by both and the American Football Coaches Association.

This is the first time Margraff has been selected as the national coach of the year by any organization. He has been named the South Region Coach of the Year twice (2011, 2018), the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year four times (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018), and the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year four times (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016). He is a finalist for AFCA National Coach of the Year; the recipient of that honor will be announced on Jan. 8.

Margraff owns a record of 221-89-3 (.711) over 29 seasons since taking over at Johns Hopkins in 1990. He is the winningest coach in school and conference history, and his 221 wins are also the most of any college football coach in Maryland state history. Among active Division III head coaches, he ranks third in career wins.

Two Hopkins players also garnered All-America recognition—junior quarterback David Tammaro was a second-team selection, and junior guard Joe Figueroa received honorable mention recognition.

Tammaro, the 2018 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, becomes the first Johns Hopkins quarterback to earn All-America honors with his selection to the second team.

Tammaro shattered virtually every Johns Hopkins single-season passing record in 2018. He was 303-of-451 for 4,111 yards and 35 touchdowns against just seven interceptions this season. His marks for attempts, completions and yards are all Johns Hopkins single-season records, while his 35 touchdown passes tie the school record. He also set a school record with 4,505 yards of total offense.

Figueroa anchored a line that paved the way for a Hopkins offense that averaged 45.8 points and 550.3 yards per game, both school records. Johns Hopkins also set school records for rushing touchdowns (48), passing touchdowns (39), and overall touchdowns (91).

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