UC Bearcats Football News: Luke Fickell Named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year

Luke Fickell talks to media after a game (megasportsnews.com photo)

Fickell is named the Region 1 winner for the second-straight year

December 06, 2021

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati’s head coach Luke Fickell was named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Regional Coach of the Year in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for Region 1. He, along with the winners of the other four regions, is now a finalist for the AFCA National Coach of the Year.  

Fickell has led the Bearcats to their second-straight American Athletic Conference (AAC) championship and a 13-0 record in 2021. UC is the only remaining undefeated team in the country. 

In his fifth season as the head coach at Cincinnati, Fickell has led the program to a level of success that a non-Power Five school has never seen before by reaching the College Football Playoff semifinals. He now has an overall record of 48-14 as the head coach of the Bearcats, with a record of 44-6 (.880) since the start of 2018.

Cincinnati is one of only two teams in the nation that rank in the Top 10 in scoring offense (ninth, 38.8) and scoring defense (fourth, 16.1). Players have flourished under the leadership of Fickell, with 12 Bearcats being named to the 2021 All-AAC First Team, which is the most in conference history.

The AFCA will announce the 2021 Werner Ladder AFCA FBS National Coach of the Year on Sunday, January 9, 2022. The AFCA has been recognizing district coaches of the year since 1960.

No. 4 Cincinnati will face No. 1 Alabama in College Football Playoff Semifinals at the 86th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 31, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. EST. The game will take place in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium and will air on ESPN.


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