Joseph V. Paterno Award

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Joseph V. Paterno Award
Given forthe collegiate football coach who shows dedication to the development of student-athletes and the advancement of the university beyond just athletics.
CountryUnited States
Presented byMaxwell Football Club
First award2010
Final award2010
Most recentFrank Beamer

The Joseph V. Paterno Award was a coaching award that was awarded to Frank Beamer in 2010. Originally the award was intended to be awarded annually to the college football head coach who best exemplified "Penn State head coach Joe Paterno’s dedication to the development of student-athletes and the advancement of the university beyond just athletics".[1]

The award was presented by the Maxwell Football Club, based out of Ambler, Pennsylvania. It replaced the George Munger Award, which was presented by the club each year from 1989 to 2009.

Following the breaking of the Penn State sex abuse scandal in November 2011, the club announced that the award would be discontinued.[2]

Award criteria[edit]

To determine the winner of the award in 2010, the staff of the Maxwell Football Club solicited nominations from each of the 69 FBS schools. Winning and exceeding expectations on the field were vital components of the evaluation process, but the club also reviewed graduation rates of the players and the coach’s overall impact on the community, including philanthropic and volunteer efforts. The award was meant to exemplify the tag line that is given for the award, i.e., "Excellence Doesn’t Stop on Saturdays".[1]


Year Winner School
2010 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech [3]


  1. ^ a b "The Joseph V. Paterno Award". Maxwell Football Club. Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2011-01-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (2011-11-29). "Paterno coaching award discontinued". Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  3. ^ "Beamer wins 2010 Joseph V. Paterno Award: Tech head coach honored for team's performance on the field, in the classroom and in the community". (Virginia Tech Hokies official website). December 20, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-08.