RICHMOND, Va. – The Touchdown Club of Richmond has announced that Washington and Lee Head Football Coach Scott Abell will receive the Willard Bailey Award as the top NCAA Division II/III Coach in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the 2012 season.
Abell will receive the award at the All-Metro Football Banquet held on Thursday, January 24 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Richmond, Va. He will be honored along with five high school coaches and Danny Rocco of the University of Richmond, winner of the Bobby Ross Award as the Division I Coach of the Year.
Abell helped guide the Generals to an 8-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the ODAC during the 2012 season, his first as head coach. W&L won the ODAC title for the second time in the last three seasons and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to seventh-ranked Hobart, 38-20.
W&L set 15 school records during the season, including nearly every scoring and rushing record. The Generals accumulated a school-record 4,001 rushing yards during the season and finished one point shy (388 pts.) of the school record for points in a season.
W&L led Division III with an average of 363.7 rushing yards per game and finished fourth nationally in third down conversion percentage, converting 52.8 percent of the time. The Generals also finished with averages of 431.3 total yards and 35.3 points per contest.
Abell was also honored as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after steering 11 players to all-conference honors.