A national championship has gotten Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley a contract extension as the school announced Wednesday it has extended the deal with Donley until 2021.
Donley led the Cougars (13-1) to the school's first NAIA national title with a 38-17 win over Baker (Kansas) last Saturday. Donley, 65, is the active wins leader in college football with 302 in 38 seasons and was inducted into the NAIA Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
"What better way to bring our 2016 national championship season to a close than to lock up Coach Donley for another five years," Saint Francis athletic director Mike McCaffrey said in a news release. "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.
"I understand some of our competitors may want to suggest that Coach Donley is looking to retire, but we can assure everyone that the fire is burning as much as it ever has and Coach D will be here for the foreseeable future."
Donley has a 187-44 record in 19 seasons at Saint Francis, including 18 consecutive winning seasons.
"I am truly grateful to the entire USF community for the opportunity to continue to coach college football, the game that a love" Donley said. "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. Winning the national championship, bringing it back to Fort Wayne and the surrounding region is a tremendous accomplishment, a testament of our commitment to USF and our community."