Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Brigham Young head football coach Bronco Mendenhall speaks during a press conference in San Diego Dec. 19.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association.

Along with Ouachita Baptist University head coach Todd Knight, Mendenhall was elected to the board by members attending the 2013 AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Mendenhall and Knight join a group of distinguished head coaches who guide the organization. The board formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA, which was founded in 1922 by Amos Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman and others. The AFCA has more than 11,000 members from all levels of the profession.

Returning members of the AFCA Board of Trustees include incoming president Mack Brown of the University of Texas; first vice president Mike Welch of Ithaca College; second vice president Tommy Tuberville of the University of Cincinnati and third vice president Todd Berry of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Mendenhall will be the AFCA District 8 representative and Knight will be a second Division II representative.

“I consider it a privilege being appointed to the AFCA Board of Trustees,” Mendenhall said. “Coaching football is one of the greatest professions in the world, and to be a part of an organization that continues to grow and educate coaches on the important role they have as positive and influential role models on our student-athletes is an assignment I am excited to be a part of.”

Mendenhall completed his eighth season as the head coach at BYU and has an overall record of 74-29. He has guided the Cougars to eight straight bowl games, most recently beating San Diego State, 23-6, in the Poinsettia Bowl to finish off an 8-5 record in 2012.

Mendenhall guided BYU to back-to-back 11-2 seasons in 2006-07, culminating in two straight Mountain West Conference titles. He earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors after the 2006 season. From 2006-09, Mendenhall led BYU to four straight seasons with 10 or more wins for the first time in school history.

Mendenhall began coaching in 1989 at Oregon State as a graduate assistant and has coached at several schools since then, including Snow College, Northern Arizona, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico. He was the defensive coordinator for BYU from 2003-04 before being named head coach in 2005.