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Instant Peay Play: APSU Governors hope it has turned back the clock with Will Healy hire

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – On December 23rd Austin Peay State University officially announced the hire of 30-year-old Will Healy as the 19th head football coach in school history, but it’s not the first time the school has gone with a very young head coach for the program.

In 1979 Austin Peay hired its then 10th head coach, a 29-year-old Watson Brown to replace James ‘Boots’ Donnelly, in hopes to continue a streak of winning seasons – which included the only Ohio Valley Conference title in the program’s history in 1977.

Austin Peay State University Football head coach Will Healy. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University Football head coach Will Healy. (APSU Sports Information)

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Former APSU Football Coach Boots Donnelly inducted into National Football Foundation Hall of Fame

 

APSU - Austin Peay State University SportsAtlanta, GA – James “Boots” Donnelly, the only coach to lead Austin Peay State University football to an Ohio Valley Conference championship was inducted into the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) Division College Hall of Fame, Wednesday night.

The enshrinement ceremony was held at Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. It was the first time the event was held in Atlanta, the new home of the Hall of Fame.

2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) Division College Hall of Fame inductees. (APSU Sports Information)

2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) Division College Hall of Fame inductees. (APSU Sports Information)

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Former APSU Football Coach James “Boots” Donnelly selected to National Football Foundation (NFF) Division College Hall of Fame

 

Austin Peay State University Governors SportsClarksville, TN – The only coach to lead Austin Peay State University football to an Ohio Valley Conference championship has been selected to the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) Division College Hall of Fame.

James “Boots” Donnelly, who directed APSU to the 1977 OVC Football Championship during his two-year Governors stint before building Middle Tennessee into a then 1-AA football powerhouse, was one of seven members of the NFF Division College Hall of Fame Class that includes the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
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Austin Peay Governors Football coach Christophel submits resignation to become NFL Cardinals assistant

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – It is now official. Rick Christophel, Austin Peay State University’s football coach the last six seasons, has submitted his resignation in order to become the tight ends coach with the Arizona Cardinals.

“I am excited about starting a new chapter in my coaching career,” Christophel said. “I started thinking about this (coaching in the NFL), talking about this all the way back when I was in high school. What was I going to do with the rest of my life? If I couldn’t play I wanted to coach at the highest level possible.

“This has become a dream come true.”

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