Head Football Coach Larry Blakeney has been elected to the 2009 class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Blakeney, who has coached the Trojans since 1991, will join seven others as they are inducted at a banquet on May 30 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham.
Blakeney, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, is the winningest football coach in Troy University history with a record of 145-73-1. He led the Trojans to the outright Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2008 and a share of the title in the two previous years. Blakeney coached the Trojans to the school’s first-ever bowl win in 2006, a 41-17 victory over Rice in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Prior to TROY’s move to the highest level of NCAA competition, Blakeney coached the Trojans to three Southland League titles, earning him Southland Coach of the Year honors in back-to-back years. He also took the Trojans to the semifinals of the Division I-AA playoffs on two occasions.
In 2000, Blakeney, one of only two coaches in NCAA history to lead a program from Division II to Division I-A, was the receipient of the Johnny Vaught Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the All-American Football Foundation.