Tavani Honored with Maroon Club Staff Achievement Award
May 23, 2014
The award, which is voted on by the Maroon Club Executive Committee, is given to a full-time athletics department staff member who has demonstrated outstanding service to Lafayette College and its athletics program. This award is the highest honor the Maroon Club can bestow upon an athletics staff member.
"I am delighted that the Maroon Club Executive Committee has seen fit to honor Coach Tavani with this prestigious recognition," said Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. "Frank's long-time commitment to the College and his student-athletes is laudable and his coaching job this past season may be among his best ever. "
Tavani's 2014 team captured the Patriot League Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA FCS Playoffs, becoming one of the few college football teams to start a season 1-5 and go on to win their conference title.
Tavani's Leopards dominated Patriot League play in 2014, trailing in just one game (Colgate) and outscoring its league foes - including then unbeaten and 5th-ranked Fordham, by an average of more than two touchdowns (36.3 to 21.2). Lafayette outgained each of its league peers in total yards, averaging nearly 100 more yards of offense per game (423.3 to 326.8).
The Leopards have excelled off the field under Tavani as well. The Lafayette football program had the highest academic progress rate (APR) in the NCAA FCS Playoffs and had the fourth-best graduation success rate (GSR) in the NCAA. Three Leopards - Mark Ross '14, Brad Bormann '14 and Justin Adams'15 - earned spots on the Academic All-Patriot League team while Ross was named the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The defending Patriot League champions open the 2015 season at Sacred Heart on Sept. 6.