Paul "Bear" Bryant Award

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Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Given for NCAA college football's national coach of the year
Country United States
Presented by American Heart Association
History
First award 1986
Most recent Scott Frost, UCF
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 Houston chapter of 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 Joe Paterno Penn State
1987 Dick MacPherson Syracuse
1988 Lou Holtz Notre Dame
1989 Bill McCartney Colorado
1990 Bobby Ross Georgia Tech
1991 Don James Washington
1992 Gene Stallings Alabama
1993 Terry Bowden Auburn
1994 Rich Brooks Oregon
1995 Gary Barnett Northwestern
1996 Bruce Snyder Arizona State
1997 Lloyd Carr Michigan
1998 Bill Snyder Kansas State
1999 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech
2000 Bob Stoops Oklahoma
2001 Larry Coker Miami (FL)
2002 Jim Tressel Ohio State
2003 Nick Saban LSU
2004 Tommy Tuberville Auburn
2005 Mack Brown Texas
2006 Chris Petersen Boise State
2007 Mark Mangino Kansas
2008 Kyle Whittingham Utah
2009 Chris Petersen Boise State
2010 Gene Chizik Auburn
2011 Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
2012 Bill O'Brien Penn State
2013 Gus Malzahn Auburn
2014 Gary Patterson TCU
2015 Dabo Swinney Clemson
2016 Dabo Swinney Clemson
2017 Scott Frost UCF[10]

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
2018Steve Spurrier
2019Frank Beamer

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 Bear Bryant Awards. National Sports Media Association website. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  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". Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  10. ^ Koch, Joshua (January 10, 2018). "Scott Frost wins Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of Year Award". Miami Sun Herald. Associated Press.

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