The Butova Award is named for the late Henry A. Butova, best-known for being the Director Athletics at American International College from 1947 until his death at the age of 46 in 1965. He also served as a head coach at AIC in football, basketball, and baseball. He was selected posthumously as a "charter" member to the AIC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
The award itself is presented to a former football player, or man, who is devoted to the game of football, resides in the Western Mass. area, and who has distinguished himself in later life.
DeLong has been the head football coach at Springfield College for the past 28 years. He has distinguished himself in that he is currently the program's all-time leader in victories with 165. He is also the winningest active football coach in Division III in New England (with 177 wins), and is one of the Top 10 winningest active football coaches in Division III in the nation.
In 30 years as a head coach in New England (he was also a head coach at Maine Maritime Academy for two years in 1979 and 1980), DeLong's record is 177-122-2 (.588). His 28-year record at Springfield College from 1984 to the present is 165-116-2 (.583). His record at Springfield College since SC began play in Division III in 1995 is 117-59 (.664).
DeLong has led SC to five NCAA Tournament appearances (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006), and four more ECAC Bowl Championship appearances (1995, 2004, 2009, 2010).
DeLong's teams won five Freedom Football Conference titles, one Empire 8 co-title, and four ECAC Division III Bowl Championship titles, all within the last 17 years.
"The Butova Award is very special to me," DeLong said. "It certainly is humbling to be honored in the name of someone as revered in Western Massachusetts. Henry Butova is one who represents the highest standards in sports.