|Awarded for||Award given to honor the best assistant coach in college football|
|Location||Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Presented by||1,500 assistant coaches representing all 128 Division One college football programs|
|Currently held by||Lincoln Riley|
The Broyles Award is an annual award given to honor the best assistant coach in college football. First awarded in 1996, it was named after former University of Arkansas men's athletic director Frank Broyles. The award is presented in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Downtown Rotary Club. To date 14 of the 20 winners have gone on to become head football coaches.
Every year, 1,500 assistant coaches representing all 117 Division One college football programs vote on their peers in the world of college football, and the five Broyles Award finalists are chosen by the tally of these ballots. Each head coach can nominate one assistant coach from his staff. All nominations are reviewed by a selection committee composed of some of college football's former head coaches. The five finalists meet in Little Rock, Arkansas, where each is presented with a 1,000 dollar check, as well as a set of golf clubs and personalized golf bag. The winner received 2,500 dollars, a watch, the Broyles Award Jacket custom-made by Tom James, as well as the trophy, valued at around 5,000 dollars.
The Broyles Award Trophy, made out of solid bronze, depicts Broyles (kneeling) and longtime University of Arkansas assistant coach Wilson Matthews (standing), watching over a Razorback football game or practice. Matthews was the coach of Little Rock Central High School before joining Broyles on the Razorback's staff.
Selection committee members
The selection committee for the Frank Broyles Award includes many respected coaches from around the nation. The list of current committee members is as follows:
Note: The award year indicates the season it was earned.
Notes and references
- Broyles had no authority over Arkansas women's athletics. The school had a completely separate women's athletics department during Broyles' tenure.