Each year, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award honors college football coaches who demonstrate four characteristics both on and off the field: Sportsmanship, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence. The winning coach from each NCAA division is awarded $50,000 to donate to their preferred charity as well as a $20,000 grant to their school’s alumni association. Of course, they also win a special “Coach of the Year” trophy.
Like we mentioned before, coaches are judged based on the following criteria:
Sportsmanship – Coaches act in an honorable way both on and off the field. They set a good example by the way they respectfully treat their own players, opposing teams, and the media.
Integrity – Integrity means not just knowing how to win, but how to win fairly. The best coaches don’t bend or break the rules in order to pull off a victory and they expect the same behavior from their players.
Responsibility – Coaches aren’t just looked up to by their team, but also by their communities. They are socially responsible throughout their community and cheer on those teams each week.
Excellence – Excellence extends beyond sporting events. Great coaches also teach their players to succeed in the classroom so their futures remain bright even when their days on the field are done.
Winners are determined by a combination of fan votes and committee votes. This year’s leading candidates include Dan Mullen of Mississippi State, J.C. Harper of Stephen F. Austin, and Mike Aldrich of Augustana College.
Head to the Coach of the Year site and check out all of the coaches that are in the running!