ATLANTA--As he was being introduced as the new head coach of the Georgia State football program, Trent Miles was earning an accolade for his work this season at Indiana State.
Miles was named Monday as the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region Four Coach Of The Year.
It marked the second time Miles in three seasons that Miles has earned this distinction, also being honored in 2010.
The Sycamores finished the 2012 campaign with a 7-4 record, including a 5-3 mark in Missouri Valley Football Conference play to finish in a three-way tie for third place in the league. It marked the third consecutive winning season for Indiana State, the first time the program has achieved three straight winning seasons since the 1960s.
ISU rose as high as No. 14 in the national polls and up to No. 5 in the GridIron Power Index in 2012. The No. 14 national ranking in The Sports Network Top 25 was the Sycamores' highest since joining the MVFC in 1987 as well as the highest in the Trent Miles era.
Indiana State led the MVFC in the number of all-conference selections for the second consecutive season with 14 honorees, including five first team selections. The Sycamores also had three named to the MVFC All-Newcomer and All-Academic Teams.
Miles was one of seven honorees in FCS across the five regions of the AFCA. New Hampshire's Sean McDonnell (Region 1), Bethune Cookman's Brian Jenkins & Stony Brook's Chuck Priore (Region 2), Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers (Region 3), Montana State's Rob Ash and Sam Houston State's Willie Fritz also were named AFCA Regional Coaches Of The Year.