DATE: January 26, 2017
CONTACT: Bob Shreve, SID
JUSTIN LUSTIG NAMED D2FOOTBALL.COM COACH OF THE YEAR
LIBERTY, Mo. – Edinboro University first-year head coach Justin Lustig collected another award today as the D2Football.com Division II All-American Team was released. Lustig was selected the D2Football.com Division II Coach of the Year.
This marks the latest of several awards Lustig has received after leading Edinboro to the largest turnaround in Division II history. He was previously selected the Don Hansen Football Gazette Super Region One Co-Coach of the Year, along with being honored as the PSAC West Coach of the Year.
Lustig was the architect of a record-breaking turnaround in 2016. Hired in January, the former Ball State assistant took an 0-11 team in 2015 that was picked to finish eighth in the Western Division coaches’ preseason poll, and led it to a 9-2 finish. The nine wins tied the school record for wins in a season.
The Fighting Scots appeared in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll for the first time since 2011, and finished seventh in the final Super Region One rankings. Edinboro upset PSAC East preseason favorite West Chester, 54-51 in overtime. That was one of five wins in which the Fighting Scots rallied in the fourth quarter or overtime. The lone losses came to NCAA playoff entrants Indiana(Pa.) and California(Pa.). Lustig relied on a high-powered offense that scored 40-or-more points in a school-record seven games, with two games of 60-or-more points, along with an opportunistic defense. Edinboro averaged 41.5 ppg., good for third in the PSAC and 12th in Division II.
~ Fighting Scots ~