Overall, only one other coach among all divisions has won the AFCA honor more. Larry Kehres of Mount Union was the first coach in AFCA history to win National Coach of the Year honors six times.
This season Paterno also became the first coach in any NCAA classification to be selected AFCA Region Coach of the Year 11 times.
These are the years Paterno won the honor:
His first undefeated team as a head coach, Paterno's 1968 squad went 11-0 with a 15-14 win over a 9-1 Kansas squad in the Orange Bowl.
Ten years later Paterno was honored again by AFCA. With an undefeated regular season, Paterno's squad lost the National Championship to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl 14-7 due to a legendary goal line stand by the Crimson Tide.
Paterno's first National Championship season was earned with a 27-23 win over an undefeated Georgia team in the Sugar Bowl. This season in turn earned Paterno his third AFCA Coach of the Year honor.
Paterno's second National Championship saw Penn State defense dominate the Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl, in what was the most watched college football game ever. The Lions eneded the season 12-0, earning Paterno his fourth AFCA honor.
Considered one of the greatest turnarounds in recent college football history, Paterno led his 2005 squad to a Big Ten title, BCS bowl birth, No. 3 ranking and a 10-1 regular season mark. This season brought Paterno his first AFCA honor as a Big Ten coach.
It is amazing to consider that on average Paterno has won the Coach of the Year award every eight years on the sideline.