December 6, 2011
Middlebury College assistant football coach Joe Early was named one of three finalists for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year honor. Each year, staff representatives from NCAA and NAIA football-playing schools are asked to nominate an assistant for consideration. The Assistant Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1997 and was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.
Early recently completed his 11th season at Middlebury and his seventh season overseeing the offensive line and third as offensive coordinator. Over the past three seasons, the Panthers set numerous Middlebury and NESCAC passing records. Since 2009, the Panther passing attack has led the nation in five categories, while sitting in the top 10 in 11 additional categories.
Off the field, Early has been involved in a campus leadership role as an advisor for the Newman Club while assisting with other community-based volunteer projects. Outside of the College, he has volunteered his time for several local organizations including: the Addison County Humane Society, St. Mary’s School and the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation.
He is a member of the local Knights of Columbus Council #642 and currently holds a committee member designation with the AFCA.