Manchester University M Association Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year

Each year at the Homecoming football game, this award is presented to an M Association member who, by his or her achievements and contributions in athletic coaching, brings honor to our college and the memory of Coach Wolfe. The award can be based either on outstanding success in the past year or on accomplishments over the course of a several-year career.

Selection is made by Association officers from nominations by the membership, which includes all past "M" letter winners. Nominations must be received before Dec. 31.


Jed Freels '84 - Always sticking by his core principle of making people around him better, the 1984 Manchester College alum has risen to the top of the Indiana high school boys' soccer coaching ranks. Leading the Barons of DeKalb High School since 1999, his program has reeled off 15 straight winning campaigns, a combined 14 conference, sectional and regional championships and five appearances at the Adidas national tournament as part of more than 250 wins in his career. Those numbers haven't gone unnoticed by his peers, as he's earned five KPC News and two Northeast Eight Conference Coach of the Year accolades. Freels' impact on his athletes has moved past their high school careers, as 70 of his former student-athletes have gone on to success at the collegiate level including five within the Manchester University program. Not only a coach in boys' soccer but also leading track, cross country, girls' basketball, and cheerleading as part of his resume, Freels has given back to the Auburn area, as he's the founder and former owner of The Classic City Center, where better than 1,000 individuals come to dance, climb, train and compete in gymnastics and soccer. A teacher in the DeKalb school district, he's been named Walmart Teacher of the Year and earned the Lilly teacher creativity fellowship, the Auburn Arts Commission Medal of Arts Award and a Great Lakes Sea Grant fellowship during his educational career.


Past Coach of the Year Recipients

1980 - Phil Weybright '68
1981 - Bob Barlow '72
1982 - Claude Wolfe '40
1983 - Richard Miller '61
1984 - Lamar Kilmer '63
1985 - James Andrews '69
1986 - John Hans '63
1987 - Terry Pettit '68
1988 - Mike Kelly '70
1989 - Harlan Frick '63
1990 - Dennis Horn '63
1991 - Al Smith '64
1992 - A.J. Rickard '62
1993 - Jim Noffsinger '69
1994 - Dave Geyer '62
1995 - Carmi Thornton '76
1996 - Jerry Minton '62
1997 - Steve Neff '73
1998 - Ron Hecklinski '78
1998 - Mike DeBord '77
1999 - Doug Miller '76
2000 - Gary Scott '71
2001 - Mark Heeter '87
2002 - Gary Goshert '73
2003 - Dave McCollough '79
2004 - Bill Patrick '53
2005 - Wayne Kreiger '64
2006 - Mark Miller '75
2007 - Jeff Adamson '86
2008 - Scott Mannering '79
2009 - Allen Shockney '63
2010 - Carla Paschen ’83 Herschberger
2011 - Linda Allen '84 Bamrick
2012 - Allen Mack '87
2013 - Scott Krieger '88
2014 - George Gilbert '78
2015 - Andy McClain '91