Air Force’s Troy Calhoun earned high praise from Athlon, as the publication ranked him No. 1 among Mountain West football coaches for 2017.
Calhoun topped No. 2 Rocky Long of San Diego State and No. 3 Craig Bohl of Wyoming in the list.
Boise State’s Bryan Harsin was No. 4.
Coaches from the Mountain Division occupied five of the top six spots on the list.
The article makes no argument as to the traits that have led to Calhoun’s success, but instead runs through his primary achievements.
“The Falcons return only seven starters and have a significant rebuilding assignment ahead on defense,” it states. “However, as Calhoun’s tenure has indicated, Air Force should remain near the top of the Mountain West this year.”
Other news related to coaches with Air Force ties…
- Former Air Force player and defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter has landed with Cal during this offseason as defensive coordinator. DeRuyter was fired midseason as head coach at Fresno State last year.
“He has great expertise and knowledge in running a defense, and it's also a tremendous plus that he understands what it's like to be a head coach after his recent tenure at Fresno State,” Bears head coach Justin Wilcox said in announcing DeRuyter’s hire this past winter. “It puts us in a great position as a coaching staff that both Tim and our offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin have recently been head coaches. I'm looking forward to collaborating with each of them and benefitting from their experience."
- Another Former Falcons player and defensive coordinator, Charlton Warren, was recently featured by SEC Country in an article highlighting his military experience.
Warren will make $450,000 as a defensive backs coach with Tennessee, a $135,000 raise from what he earned last year at North Carolina.