Zeman named Division II/III Assistant Coach of the Year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University associate head football coach Devin Zeman ('04) was honored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston with the Division II/III Assistant Coach of the Year award.
"Obviously I'm deeply honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award," said Zeman. "This award is a reflection of the guys I'm lucky enough to coach with and the players on the field who are so coachable every day."
Zeman, who also serves as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach, has been on the PSU sidelines for 15 seasons, joining the inaugural staff of head coach Paul Castonia. He played as a defensive back for the Panthers from 2001-2002 before joining the coaching staff while completing his undergraduate degree in 2003.
Zeman's defensive unit led the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) in scoring defense. The 9.8 points per game through the regular season was also the fifth lowest in the country.
PSU earned its first MASCAC title in 2017 by finishing 7-1 in conference play. After a league-opening loss at Western Connecticut, the Panthers won seven straight MASCAC games, including a 16-13 overtime thriller over Framingham State. The Rams also finished 7-1 in the MASCAC, but PSU earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of the head-to-head win.
The Panthers were knocked out in the first round by the College at Brockport on Saturday to finish the season with a 9-2 record, marking the most wins since the 2008 team finished 10-2. That also happened to be the last time PSU appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
Zeman will be honored, along with an all-star slate of players, coaches and officials, at the Gridiron Club's annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night. This year's event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Mass.
Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston (www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com) promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. Through its annual dinners and golf tournament, the club carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport, and supporting worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.
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