CIAA Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Michael Costa - Saint Augustine's College

Michael Costa earned the respect of his coaching peers after Saint Augustine’s College posted an 8-2 record, including an 8-0 start, in 2005 under his direction. The wins tied a school mark, and the overall record was the program’s best since the school revived football in 2002 after three decades. For his coaching efforts, Costa was named 2005 CIAA coach of the year. He also captured the award in 2003, the same year Costa was selected 100% Wrong Club Coach of the year. Saint Augustine’s hired Costa in 2002 to rebuild the football team after dropping the sport more than 30 years ago, and he hasn’t disappointed. A tireless worker, Costa has turned the program around in four years Not only are the Falcons winning but the school produced the 2005 CIAA defensive player of the year in linebacker Tyrone Pettaway and three 2005 All-CIAA first-team selections in Pettaway, wide receiver-return specialist Eddie Montgomery and tight end Jabre Green.

Offensive Player of the Year
Martin Hicks - North Carolina Central University

2005: Named Pre-Season All-CIAA First-Team…Is a legitimate All-America candidate…Appeared in, and started, all ten games for the Rams en route to leading the Rams in rushing for the third consecutive season…Tallied 989 net yards of rushing offense on 147 carries for an average of 6.7 yards per carry…Placed fourth in the CIAA in rushing for the first time in three seasons as he led the CIAA in rushing in 2003 and 2004…Turned in an average of 98.9 yards per game in rushing offense…Named the CIAA Offensive Player of the Year…Accumulated 922 of his 989 yards of rushing offense in only seven games as he tallied only 67 yards of offense in the first three games of 2005…Led the CIAA in scoring with 86 points on 14 touchdowns and a successful two-point conversion for an average of 8.6 points per game…Named CIAA Offensive Back of the Week Twice…A unanimous First-Team All-CIAA selection for the third consecutive year despite sharing carries and a backfield with All-CIAA Second Team selection Jed Bines…Recorded a careerhigh 218 yards of rushing offense and recorded a pair of TD’s in the first half of play versus Livingstone College on October 8, 2005…Selected to the 2005 Cactus Bowl where he led the East squad in rushing with 76 yards on 15 carries and scored a 20-yard rushing touchdown.

Defensive Player of the Year
Tyrone Pettaway - Saint Augustine's College

2005 -Tyrone Pettaway of Saint Augustine’s College was named the 2005 CIAA defensive player of the year after leading the Falcons to an 8-2 record, the team’s best since the school revived football in 2002 after more than three decades.Under his leadership, the Falcons defense ranked among the nation’s best in Division II. He was the CIAA’s secondleading tackler (93 tackles) after leading the CIAA in tackles as a junior. Pettaway was selected Football Gazette’s national defensive player of the week and CIAA lineman of the week after collecting 17 tackles against Fayetteville State on Oct. 22. He was also selected CIAA lineman of the week after 11 tackles against Shaw on Sept. 3. In addition to being the league’s player of the year, Pettaway was an All-CIAA first-team defensive pick. Pettaway also recorded 9.5 tackles for losses, 3 pass breakups, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble his senior season. During his four-year career, Pettaway accumulated 309 tackles. Because of his outstanding play, Pettaway earned several national postseason honors. He was selected to the 2005 Daktronics All-Southeast Region team and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette 2005 Southeast Region squad. He was a second-team selection on the Black College Sports Page Football All-Star team. Several professional leagues including the NFL consider Pettaway a football prospect.

2005 Award Winners

2004 Award Winners

2003 Award Winners

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