MEAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Joseph Taylor - Hampton University

Head Coach Joseph Taylor, entering into his 13th season at the helm of the Pirates' football program, continues to show that while offensive strategies and defensive schemes can win games, true professionalism and great work ethic are the foundation for successful programs. The winningest coach in Hampton University football history, Taylor has reached peaks never before seen by the Pirate program. Since his arrival, he has guided the Pirates to two Black College Championships, five conference titles, a Heritage BowlChampionship and four trips to the NCAA playoffs. As overseer of the Pirates Taylor has compiled a 12-year record of 99-39-1. His career mark of 160-68-4 (.689) places him on the national level as the sixth winningest active coach in NCAA Division I-AA football when ranked by total victories. Coach Taylor's hard work, determination and commitment to excellence has made him a pioneer amongst his peers as evident by his multiple leadership positions. A member of the Board of Directors for the Black Coaches Association, Taylor was most recently recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of four finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of Distinction Award.

Offensive Player of the Year
Alonzo Coleman - Hampton University

2005: JUNIOR SEASON MEAC Offensive Player of the Year… Second Team Sports Network All-American… rushed for 1,326 yards and 19 touchdowns… third consecutive 1,000-yard season… seventh in the NCAA in scoring with 114 points… eight 100-yard games… set a school record with five touchdowns at Gardner-Webb… moved into fourth place all-time in the MEAC in career rushing yards (3,596)… seven games with two or more touchdowns.

Defensive Player of the Year
Justin Durant - Hampton University

2005: SOPHOMORE SEASON Won his second consecutive MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award… Walter Camp Football Foundation and Sports Network All-American… Two-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Year (2004, 2005)… Buchanan Award finalist… recorded 124 tackles on the season, including 61 solo stops… 15 tackles for loss and five sacks… also added an interception and two fumble recoveries… had seven games with 10 or more tackles… led a defensive unit that ranked second in I-AA in scoring, allowing just 14 points per game.

2004: MEAC Defensive Player of the Year & Buchanan Award candidate as the top defensive player in I-AA & finished the season with 99 total tackles, including 45 solo stops & had 10 or more tackles on five occasions, including a career-high 15 against #15 Western Illinois & recorded 14.5 tackles for loss and three sacks & intercepted three passes, returning two for touchdowns & also added eight pass breakups.

2005 Award Winners

2004 Award Winners

2003 Award Winners

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