Will Healy

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Will Healy
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Austin Peay
Conference OVC
Record 11–18
Biographical details
Born (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 33)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Alma mater University of Richmond
Playing career
2003 Air Force
2004–2008 Richmond
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2009–2015 Chattanooga (assistant)
2016–present Austin Peay
Head coaching record
Overall 11–18
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Eddie Robinson Award (2017)
OVC Coach of the Year (2017)

William Livingston Healy (born January 16, 1985) is an American football coach at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. At the time of hire on December 23, 2015, he was the 2nd youngest football coach in Division 1 football. In just his second season at the helm, Healy spearheaded one of the most remarkable turnarounds in college football history. Coming into the 2017 season with just one win in the last four years, Healy guided the Governors to an 8–4 mark, including an 8–1 record against Football Championship Subdivision competition. Austin Peay tallied seven OVC victories – the most conference wins in program history.

Playing career

Healy, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was an all-state quarterback at Boyd-Buchanan School where he still holds the Chattanooga-area career passing record (7,700+yds). After signing a football scholarship at Air Force coming out of high school, he then transferred to The University of Richmond to play quarterback for Dave Clawson and Mike London. The Spiders went on to win the FCS National Championship in 2008, Healy's senior season, with the game being played in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He then started his coaching career for coach Russ Huesman at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2009.[1]

Coaching career

After spending the first season as the quarterbacks coach for record setting quarterback B.J. Coleman, Healy moved to the wide receivers coaching position. Healy spent 6 more years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with titles of recruiting coordinator and passing game coordinator added to his resume. As the recruiting coordinator, Healy manufactured back to back top recruiting classes in FCS football.

Healy was announced as the 19th head coach at Austin Peay State University[2] on December 20, 2015.[3] His 2016 recruiting class was ranked top 5 in FCS football, followed by the #1 ranked class in 2017 according to 247sports.

During the 2017 season, a cbssports.com article asserted that "Will Healy is doing a miraculous job at Austin Peay.".[4] Healy's Governors finished the season 8–1 in the FCS with its only FCS loss to Jacksonville State. The 7–1 mark in the OVC set a school record for Austin Peay and ties the most wins ever in a season. These accomplishments garnered Healy with the OVC Coach of the Year Award and the Eddie Robinson Award by STATS for the FCS National Coach of the year."[5]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Austin Peay Governors (Ohio Valley Conference) (2016–present)
2016 Austin Peay 0–11 0–8 9th
2017 Austin Peay 8–4 7–1 2nd
2018 Austin Peay 3–3 1–2
Austin Peay: 11–18 8–11
Total: 11–18

References

  1. ^ Vannini, Chris. "Feature: How 30-year-old Will Healy landed a Division I head coaching job". coachingsearch.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Pouncy, Colton (September 8, 2017). "Austin Peay vs. Miami: 5 things to watch". The Leaf Chronicle. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Austin Peay Governors – Staff Directory". letsgopeay.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Why the best young coach in college football might be this man, not Scott Frost".
  5. ^ "Healy wins National Coach of the Year".

External links

  • Austin Peay bio
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