Thomas More Football Coach Ties Record for Most Wins at School
With the 20th-ranked Thomas More College football team’s 66-27 win at Thiel College last Saturday, head coach Jim Hilvert tied Vic Clark for most wins by a football coach at the school.
The win was Hilvert’s 61st on the Saints sidelines and tied Clark, who was the program’s first head coach, serving from 1990-1998. Dean Paul ranks third with 40 wins from 1999 to 2003 and Mike Hallett is fourth with 15 wins from 2004-2006.
Hilvert, who is in his eighth season on the sidelines in Crestview Hills, has earned three Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Coach of the Year honors, while coaching 43 first team All-PAC players, five All-Americans and five PAC Players of the Year.
During the 2011 season, he guided the Saints to their highest ranking in school history when they received 805 votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top-25 poll and were ranked No. 6 in the nation after week four. The Saints also had a 6-1 record in the Bridge Bowl against across-the-river rival Mount St. Joseph University, in Hilvert’s seven seasons as Thomas More head coach in the rivalry game.
Thomas More is among the top winners in NCAA Division III football over the past 25 years.
The Saints will try to give Hilvert his 62nd career win to move him into first alone on Saturday when they host Westminster College in their 2014 home opener at The Bank of Kentucky Field in Crestview Hills.
Saints pair earn PAC Player of Week honors
Thomas More College senior football running back Domonique Hayden (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Christian Academy) and women’s soccer forward Olivia Huber (Woodlawn, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) earned Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Week honors from the PAC office.
Hayden was named the PAC Football Offensive Player of the Week. He helped lead the Saints in Saturday’s come-from-behind win at Thiel College, carrying the ball 20 times for 154 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns. Hayden averaged 7.7 yards per carry, including a long run of 53 yards.
Huber was named the PAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. She helped lead the nationally-ranked Saints to shutout wins over Hanover College and Bluffton University last week, extending the program’s shutout streak to seven matches.
Huber paced the team in scoring with 10 points on five goals, including one game-winner. She scored both of the Saints’ goals in their 2-0 win over Hanover and added a hat trick in their win over Bluffton.
Her 30 points and 13 goals currently lead the PAC, while her four assists are tied for the league lead.
From Thomas More Athletics
Photo: Coach Jim Hilvert