The American Football Coaches Association has named Willie Fritz one of five FCS regional coaches of the year.

Fritz, in his second season as the head football coach for Sam Houston State, has guided the Bearkats to a 12-0 season so far and the No. 1 ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision.

“This has been such a great season so far and a much deserved recognition for coach Fritz,” said SHSU director of athletics Bobby Williams. “This has been a historic season for Sam Houston State football and much of the credit goes to Willie.”

Towson's Rob Ambrose (Region 1), Georgia Southern's Jeff Monken (Region 2), Eastern Kentucky's Dean Hood (Region 3), North Dakota State's Craig Bohl (Region 4), and Fritz (Region 5) all received honors.

The 2011 Regional Coaches of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2012 AFCA Convention in San Antonio. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Playoff game tickets are on sale now on line at and at the Sam Houston athletic ticket office all week. The ticket office, located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Only $15 general admission seats remain for Saturday’s game.

Thanks to the contributions of area Huntsville and Conroe businesses, Sam Houston State students will receive a $5 discount on the normal NCAA Playoff ticket price of $10. The $5 student tickets will be on sale in the mall area in front of the Lowman Student Center Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the SHSU athletic ticket office in the field house.

For more information about tickets, call the ticket office at (936) 294-1729.