Paul "Bear" Bryant Award

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Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Awarded for NCAA college football's national coach of the year
Country United States
Presented by American Heart Association
First awarded 1986
Currently held by Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Official website http://www.bryantawards.com/

The American Heart Association (AHA) Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards are an annual awards banquet that is hosted each year in January, in Houston, Texas, by the AHA.[1][2][3] There are two awards. One of them—the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award—has been given annually since 1986 to NCAA college football's national coach of the year.[4] The Award was named in honor of longtime Alabama coach Bear Bryant after he died of a heart attack in 1983.[1] It is voted on by the National Sports Media Association (formerly the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association)[5][6] and proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the American Heart Association, which is the organizing sponsor—since 1986, at the request of the Bryant family[1]—and which obtains a "presenting sponsor" (currently Marathon Oil Corporation).[6][5][7] The College Football Coach of the Year Award began in 1957 and was renamed for Bryant in 1986.[1] Bryant himself won the AFCA Coach of the Year award in 1961, 1971, and 1973.[8][1]

According to the official website:[7]

The Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Awards is an exclusive event that honors a college football coach whose great accomplishments, both on and off the field, are legendary. The award recognizes the masters of coaching and allows them to take their deserved place in history beside other legends like Bear Bryant.

Unlike many college football head coaching awards, it is presented after each season's bowl games.

In 2000, the AHA began presenting a second award, the Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.[6]

Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award winners[edit]

Note: The year indicates the year in which the award was presented, i.e., in January of the year following the football season.[4]
Year Winner[9] School–
1986 Paterno, JoeJoe Paterno Penn State
1987 MacPherson, DickDick MacPherson Syracuse
1988 Holtz, LouLou Holtz Notre Dame
1989 McCartney, BillBill McCartney Colorado
1990 Ross, BobbyBobby Ross Georgia Tech
1991 James, DonDon James Washington
1992 Stallings, GeneGene Stallings Alabama
1993 Bowden, TerryTerry Bowden Auburn
1994 Brooks, RichRich Brooks Oregon
1995 Barnett, GaryGary Barnett Northwestern
1996 Snyder, BruceBruce Snyder Arizona State
1997 Carr, LloydLloyd Carr Michigan
1998 Snyder, BillBill Snyder Kansas State
1999 Beamer, FrankFrank Beamer Virginia Tech
2000 Stoops, BobBob Stoops Oklahoma
2001 Coker, LarryLarry Coker Miami (FL)
2002 Tressel, JimJim Tressel Ohio State
2003 Saban, NickNick Saban LSU
2004 Tuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville Auburn
2005 Brown, MackMack Brown Texas
2006 Petersen, ChrisChris Petersen Boise State
2007 Mangino, MarkMark Mangino Kansas
2008 Whittingham, KyleKyle Whittingham Utah
2009 Petersen, ChrisChris Petersen Boise State
2010 Chizik, GeneGene Chizik Auburn
2011 Gundy, MikeMike Gundy Oklahoma State
2012 O'Brien, BillBill O'Brien Penn State
2013 Malzahn, GusGus Malzahn Auburn
2014 Patterson, GaryGary Patterson TCU
2015 Swinney, DaboDabo Swinney Clemson
2016 Swinney, DaboDabo Swinney Clemson

Winners by school[edit]

School Awards
held
Auburn 4
Boise State 2
Clemson 2
Penn State 2
Alabama 1
Arizona State 1
Colorado 1
Georgia Tech 1
Kansas 1
Kansas State 1
LSU 1
Miami 1
Michigan 1
Northwestern 1
Notre Dame 1
Ohio State 1
Oklahoma 1
Oklahoma State 1
Oregon 1
Syracuse 1
Texas 1
TCU 1
Utah 1
Virginia Tech 1
Washington 1

Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award winners[edit]

See footnote.[6]

2000Darrell Royal
2001Charles McClendon
2002Bill Yeoman
2003Frank Broyles
2004Gene Stallings
2005Lou Holtz
2006Jack Pardee
2007Bo Schembechler
2008Tom Osborne
2009Barry Switzer
2010Vince Dooley
2011Bobby Bowden
2012Hayden Fry
2013LaVell Edwards
2014R. C. Slocum
2015Jimmy Johnson
2016Mack Brown
2017Barry Alvarez

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Final Title of the Season: The Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards". American Heart Association – Houston Office website. American Heart Association, Inc. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Win a Trip to the Bear Bryant Awards". American Heart Association – Houston Office website. American Heart Association, Inc. Retrieved 2017-02-16. Toyota proudly supports the American Heart Association's 2017 Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards. In addition to a Toyota Trophy Tour, .... 
  3. ^ For a list of American Heart Association offices, by state, go to: "Localization By State / City". American Heart Association official website. American Heart Association, Inc. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Coach of the Year Award". American Heart Association – Houston Office website. American Heart Association, Inc. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  5. ^ a b Go to the National Sports Media Association website (retrieved 2017-02-15), click on "Awards" and then on "Bear Bryant Awards".
  6. ^ a b c d "Lifetime Achievement Award". American Heart Association – Houston Office website. American Heart Association, Inc. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  7. ^ a b "2017 Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards". American Heart Association – Houston Office website. American Heart Association, Inc. December 14, 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  8. ^ Barra, Allen (2005). The Last Coach: The Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant. W.W. Norton & Company. p. 517. 
  9. ^ "Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Awards". Retrieved December 12, 2012. 

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