PHILADELPHIA – Temple's Tom Deahn
was been named the National Football Operations Director of the Year by FootballScoop.com, powered by Muscle Milk®.
Completing his fourth season with the Owls, Deahn serves as the liaison to university administration, athletic administration, football alumni and the Owl Club. He also handles NCAA and MAC compliance issues, home and away game operations, the walk-on program, the football budget, and team clinics.
Several coaches complimented Deahn on his work ethic and genuine pride in helping athletes improve their lives off the field. One coach who nominated Deahn told FootballScoop, “Tom's the guy who will work with you all day and night to solve a problem and then after dinner he'll check in on some of the players to ensure they are doing the right things. He's always trying to help the program and the people in it.”
“I would like to thank all of the coaches and staff people that I have worked with during my coaching career, beginning at The Catholic University of America, St. Norbert College, the University of Maryland, and now at Temple University
,” Deahn said. “I have learned a great deal from all of them. I would specifically like to thank Greg Quick, who coached me at Heidelberg College and I worked for at St. Norbert College. I would also like to thank Al Golden for giving me the opportunity to be part of one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history. I would finally like to thank all the players that I have had the privilege of being associated with during my 19 years in college football. The relationships and friendships with the players are the most rewarding part of the entire business.”
Deahn arrived in Owl Country after spending six seasons as the Director of Football Operations at the University of Maryland. A native of Arcade, N.Y., Deahn spent seven years with the Terrapins overall, initially serving as assistant recruiting coordinator in 1999. He was instrumental in the team's turnaround under Ralph Friedgen that saw UM?go from a losing record in 2000 to an ACC title in 2001.
Deahn arrived in College Park following a five-year stint at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis., where he logged time as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach while pursuing a master's degree at UW-Green Bay. He also served as travel coordinator and equipment manager for a 19-sport program.
While at St. Norbert, he coached two offensive linemen to All-America honors and 15 players to all-conference honors. During each of the team's last three seasons, Deahn's offenses set school records for single-season all-purpose yards while ranking among national statistical leaders.
Prior to St. Norbert, he spent three years at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where his responsibilities included serving as defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and strength coordinator during his tenure. Catholic's defense ranked 24th in the country in 1993. Two of his players received All-America recognition.
Deahn played at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where he was a member of two nationally ranked teams. He received his undergraduate degree in business finance with a computer science minor in 1987. Deahn earned a master's degree in administrative science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1998.
Nominated by his peers, Deahn was selected by a panel of coaches and former coaches.
Deahn will receive his award at the AFCA Convention in January along with a complimentary supply of various Muscle Milk® and CytoSport products.
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Additionally, freshman RB Bernard Pierce
(Ardmore, Pa.) and sophomore DE Adrian Robinson
(Harrisburg, Pa.) earned yearly Mid-American Conference honors from The Sporting News.
Pierce was named the magazine's MAC Freshman of the Year, while the publication recognized Robinson as the MAC's Defensive MVP.
An Honorable Mention All-American and first-team Freshman All-American, Pierce had an outstanding freshman campaign for the Cherry & White. He was named the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-MAC selection. He set the freshman records for yards (1,361), touchdowns (16), and 100-yard rushing games (6). He also set Temple's single-season records for TDs (16) and points scored (96).
Named the 2009 MAC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-MAC defender, Robinson set the season record for sacks with 13, leading the Owls and all MAC players. He ranks No. 8 nationally in sacks (0.92 per game). Robinson also had a team-best 14 TFL and a team-best five forced fumbles.
Temple (9-4, 7-1 MAC) concluded the 2009 season with a trip to the EagleBank Bowl, its first bowl appearance in 30 years. The Owls won a single-season record nine consecutive games en route to the MAC East co-championship.