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Best Coach 

Larry Kehres, Mount Union College

Division III college football is a world long forgotten by ESPN, a place where players don't get scholarships and fans come at a premium. But Mount Union has stolen at least one element from big-time college sports: an iconic head coach. Now in his 20th season, Larry Kehres has led the Purple Raiders to more than 100 straight regular-season wins. The best of the Rust Belt's D-3-caliber athletes flock to the battered industrial town of Alliance, where they keep winning national championships - seven since 1993. Kehres is known for his mild demeanor and his disdain for overexposure, but he's no secret to opposing coaches. "How does he win all the time?" a veteran rival once asked. "I wish I knew, because then I might beat him one day."

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