BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins defensive coordinator Mickey Rehring has been named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year it was recently announced. Rehring is the second Johns Hopkins coach to earn the award (Keith Emery – 2004).
The Assistant Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1997 and was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement. One assistant coach from each of the five levels of college football are selected annually.
Rehring leads a Johns Hopkins defense that has helped the Blue Jays to a 12-1 record, a Centennial Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Semifinals this season. Johns Hopkins will play at top-ranked and unbeaten Mount Union this Saturday (December 8) with a trip to the national championship game on the line.
The Johns Hopkins defense has held eight of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, is allowing an average of just 14.7 points and 301.2 yards per game and has generated 40 sacks and produced 21 turnovers on the season. Six of Rehring's defensive players earned All-Centennial Conference honors, three earned D3football.com All-South honors and three were also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District II Team.
Off the field, Rehring has organized Johns Hopkins' "Be The Match" Bone Marrow drive in each of the last four years, leads team visits with special needs students from Cockeysville and Hereford Middle Schools and has been active with the Blue Jays' Friends of Jaclyn initiative, which paired the team with a boy who is battling a brain tumor.
Since taking over as the Blue Jays' defensive coordinator in 2013, he has helped Johns Hopkins to six Centennial Conference titles, six trips to the NCAA playoffs and a 64-7 record.
In addition to Rehring, the other AFCA Assistant Coaches of the Year include Jeff Faris (Duke-FBS), Milo Austin (Morehead State-FCS), Marcus Hilliard (Virginia Union-NCAA Division II) and Phil Kleckler (Lindsey Wilson-NAIA).
Winners of the Assistant Coach of the Year Award will receive a plaque to commemorate their recognition. They will be honored at the AFCA Honors Luncheon, presented by Amway, held Monday, January 7, during the 2019 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.