Director of Football Operations of the Year

FootballScoop is proud to announce that Tom Deahn (Temple) is the 2009 FootballScoop Director of Football Operations of the Year powered by Muscle Milk®.

Tom Deahn is completing his fourth season as DFO at Temple after serving in the same capacity at Maryland for six seasons.  Several coaches that nominated Deahn complimented Tom on his work ethic and genuine pride in helping athletes improve their lives off the field.  One coach who nominated Deahn told FootballScoop, “Tom’s the guy who will work with you all day and night to solve a problem and then after dinner he’ll check in on some of the players to ensure they are doing the right things.  He’s always trying to help the program and the people in it.”  At 10-2, the Owls are having their best season in decades and will play UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl, their first bowl game in 30 years.  With Deahn handling most of the travel and logistical arrangements, we think the Owls are in good hands.  FootballScoop also spoke with representatives at several companies that do business with football programs across the country and each was quick to say Tom is “easy to work with and does a great job for Temple football.”

Several coaches that FootballScoop spoke with noted that Tom, “knows the game inside and out”.  FootballScoop noted that prior to becoming Maryland’s Director of Football Operations, Deahn had previously served at the collegiate level as an offensive coordinator, a defensive coordinator, a recruiting coordinator and a strength coordinator.  How many guys have done that?

Deahn recently told FootballScoop, “I would like to thank all of the coaches and staff people that I have worked with during my coaching career beginning at The Catholic University of America, St. Norbert College, the University of Maryland and now at Temple University.  I have learned a great deal from all of them.  I would specifically like to thank Greg Quick who coached me at Heidelberg College and I worked for at St. Norbert College.  I would finally like to thank all the players that I have had the privilege of being associated with during my 19 years in college football.  The relationships and friendships with the players is the most rewarding part of the entire business.”

Deahn was nominated by his peers and was selected by a panel of coaches and former coaches. Other finalists for the award were Chris LaSala (Pitt) and Jamie Speronis (South Carolina).

Deahn will receive his award at the AFCA Convention in January and will receive a complimentary supply of various Muscle Milk® and CytoSport products.
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