By John DeCoste
Acadia’s Jeff Cummins is the CIS Football Coach of the Year.
Cummins was presented with the Frank Tindall Trophy Nov. 25 during ceremonies surrounding the Vanier Cup game in Vancouver.
“There is no one more deserving of this national recognition than Jeff Cummins,” said Acadia athletic director Kevin Dickie. “Jeff is not only passionate about the game of football, but also Acadia Athletics.
“He continues to champion the history and tradition of his own program, while supporting all our other varsity teams. He is not only focused on the development of his student-athletes on the field, but also in the classroom and in our community.
“As a senior coach in our department, Jeff has been invaluable to me as athletic director,” Dickie said. “We here at Acadia are all extremely proud of Jeff and our team’s 2011 season.”
It’s the first CIS Coach of the Year award for the Torrance, CA, native, who won back-to-back AUS Coach of the Year awards in 2004 and 2005.
In his ninth season as Acadia head coach, Cummins led the Axemen to a 7-1 regular season record, followed by a 39-20 win over Saint Mary’s in the Loney Bowl game to capture Acadia’s first AUFC title in five seasons.
Acadia’s 7-1 record was three wins better than last season, and was the best record for an Axemen team since Acadia went 7-0 in 1986.
With Cummins serving as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, the Axemen scored 282 points in eight regular season games, more than double their 2010 total of 134, and added 39 playoff points.