The class includes players Dexter Coakley, Appalachian State, linebacker (1993-96); Mike Favor, North Dakota State, center (1985-88); Charles Haley, James Madison, LB (1982-85); Mickey Kobrosky, Trinity (Conn.), back (1933-36)* Deceased, selection from the Divisional Veterans Committee; and coaches Mike Kelly, (246-54-1, 81.9%); Dayton (1981-2007); and Bill Manlove (212-111-1, 65.5%); Widener (Pa.) (1969-91), Delaware Valley (Pa.) (1992-95), La Salle (1997-2001). See the brief biographies here.
Fisher DeBerry, the legendary Air Force Academy head coach was named to the College Football Hall of Fame last week. DeBerry played at Wofford and was a key assistent to Jim Brakefield at both Wofford and Appalachian State in the 1960s and 70s.
Archie Manning, chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced the 2011 Divisional Hall of Fame class, which considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for induction.
"We are very proud to highlight the outstanding careers of the 2011 Divisional Class," said Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. "They have reached the pinnacle of success in our sport, and they should be applauded for their induction into college football's ultimate shrine. We look forward to celebrating with them and their families this summer."
The NFF launched its Divisional Hall of Fame program in 1996 during its annual enshrinement festival.
A total of 130 players and coaches, counting this year's class, have been inducted from the divisional ranks, including Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech), Walter Payton (Jackson State), John Randle (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), and coach Eddie Robinson (Grambling State).
Of the 4.79 million who have played college football since 1869, the newest class of inductees joins only 896 players and 192 coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame.
This year's class will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during the Enshrinement Festival, July 15-16, in South Bend, IN.