Harbor graduate Hood named conference COY for Murray State

Harbor graduate and Murray State football coach Dean Hood was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, the OVC announced on Thursday. In his first season with the Racers, Hood oversaw one of the best turnarounds in the nation this spring when he led Murray State to its first winning season since 2011 and best OVC record since 2005. His Racers started the season at 5-0, tying the 1995 team for the best start in school history.

 

After one of the most successful seasons in over two decades, the Murray State football team took home a bevy of postseason awards, as announced by the Ohio Valley Conference Thursday.

First year head coach Dean Hood, a Harbor graduate, led the way by being named as the 2020 Roy Kidd OVC Coach of the Year.

Hood oversaw one of the best turnarounds in the nation this spring when he led Murray State to its first winning season since 2011 and best OVC record since 2005. His Racers started the season at 5-0, tying the 1995 team for the best start in school history. Murray State also returned to the top 25 polls under Hood this season, earning its first ranking since 2011 and staying in the polls for six consecutive weeks.

The first-year head coach is the fourth Racer skipper to earn the honor along with Bill Furgerson, Mike Gottfried and Houston Nutt, who earned the accolade twice. In addition, Hood is now the second OVC coach to win the award at two different institutions. Hood, who earned his first accolade in 2008 at Eastern Kentucky, joins Boots Donnelly who won the award at Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee.

Overall, seven players were named to the first team, while six earned second team honors. The 13 total All-OVC picks for MSU this season are the second-most in program history, behind only the 15 selections from 1995.

 

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