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Rams' Masella Named Co-Coach of the Year

Contact: Syd Steinhardt
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Fordham University head football coach Tom Masella has been named the American Football Coaches Association's 2007 Region 1 Co-Coach of the Year.

Masella, who also received Patriot League Coach of the Year honors this fall, led the Rams to an 8-4 overall record and a 5-1 Patriot League mark, winning the league title for the second time in the past five years. Fordham, which was picked to finish sixth of the seven Patriot League teams prior to the season, finished 3-8 last season.

At the end of the 2007 season, Fordham had 12 players named All-Patriot League, including freshman running back Xavier Martin, who garnered Rookie of the Year honors.

Masella shared the award with Dave Clawson of the University of Richmond. He is also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award given to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national coach of the year. Masella arrived at Rose Hill in 2006 after serving as head coach at Central Connecticut State University, where he led the Blue Devils to back-to-back Northeast Conference titles, the school's first ever football championships, in 2004 and 2005.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,600 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a commuter campus in Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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