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"There is no other person on the planet that we would rather have leading our student-athletes."

Verbatim: Donley, Saint Francis agree on contract extension

The University of Saint Francis issued this news release today:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The University of Saint Francis has given Head Football Coach Kevin Donley a contract extension extending Donley's term at USF through 2018.

"The University administration is pleased to be able to provide Kevin Donley with what was is essentially a lifetime contract," USF Director of Athletics Mike McCaffrey said. "By signing Coach Donley to a five-year rolling contract, our current recruits understand that they will be playing for the NAIA's greatest coach for their entire college career. There is no other person on the planet that we would rather have leading our student-athletes. What Coach 'D' has done since he began this program speaks for itself."

"We understand that young men and their parents take many factors into consideration before choosing where they will play college football. Consistency in the coaching staff is something that we have always provided to those recruits and this solidifies that for the foreseeable future."

Donley, the founder of the USF Football program in 1997 and two-time NAIA National Coach of the Year, has a 158-36 record in 16 seasons at USF and has been named 2013 MSFA Mideast League Coach of the Year for the ninth time. Donley is the NAIA career wins leader with 272 in 35 seasons and under his guidance, the Cougars have captured 11 MSFA Mideast League championships. Donley will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in January.

Succeeding with programs that had previously suffered through hard times is nothing new for the Springfield, Ohio native. Prior to taking the head-coaching job at Georgetown College, where he captured a National Championship title in 1991, he had four successful seasons at Anderson College. In 1981, he led the Ravens to a 9-2 record and a berth in the NAIA Division II playoffs, as well as Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference championships in 1980 and 1981. Donley's teams compiled a 28-9 (.757) overall record during his four-year stay. He was named conference coach of the year while at Anderson, and on nine occasions while at Georgetown (Ky.).

"I am truly grateful to the entire Saint Francis community for this opportunity to continue to coach Football," said Donley. "We started this program with a mission to develop quality young men into meaningful contributors to our community and to win some games along the way. I think we've been able to do that – but we still have goals to accomplish."

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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