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Arruza Earns Willard Bailey Coach of the Year Award

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RICHMOND, Va. - Randolph-Macon head football coach Pedro Arruza has been named the Willard Bailey Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond.

The award recognizes the top coach in the state for the college division. The award will be presented at the All-Metro Banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Short Pump Hilton.

Arruza, in his 15th season at R-MC, led the Yellow Jackets to an 8-2 regular-season mark and a 6-1 record in ODAC play. R-MC won its 11th ODAC title, tying Emory & Henry for the most championships in the history of the conference. The Yellow Jackets earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and received a trip to No 8 John Carroll. R-MC won its first NCAA playoff game in program history with a 23-20 victory over the Blue Streaks. The Yellow Jackets would have their season end at No. 23 Muhlenberg in the second round of the NCAA Championship.

The Yellow Jackets finished No. 18 in the final Top 25. R-MC compiled a record of 9-3, tying the program mark for victories in a season. The Yellow Jackets played 12 games for the first time in school history. R-MC was ranked in the poll for the first time since the 2010 season. The Yellow Jackets were ranked in the final poll of the season for the first time in the 16-year history of the poll. It is R-MC's highest final ranking since finishing No. 5 in the NCAA poll at the end of the 1984 season.

Arruza was also named 2018 ODAC Coach of the Year as well as State Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).