ND Coach-of-the-Year Winners, updated
by RallyingSon (2019-01-09 22:41:42)
Edited on 2019-01-09 23:26:30

I originally compiled this a couple years ago merely out of my own curiosity. I’ve updated it now that all of this year’s winners have been announced. Kelly won four of eleven 2018 Coach of the Year awards. The other winners were Dabo (2), Bill Clark of UAB (2), Saban, Leach, and Jeff Monken of Army.

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These are college football national “Coach of the Year” awards. This list of awards is not comprehensive. There are other sports magazines and newspapers that have done this in the past, but their winners aren’t listed anywhere on the Internet.


American Football Coaches Association. (Award Established in 1935. Originally a poll of coaches conducted by the Scripps-Howard Newspapers)
1941 Frank Leahy
1964 Ara Parseghian (tied with Frank Broyles)
2012 Brian Kelly


Washington, DC Touchdown Club (Est. 1946, Discontinued 1997)
1949 Frank Leahy
1955 Terry Brennan
1964 Ara Parseghian
1977 Dan Devine
1988 Lou Holtz


Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Football Writers Association of America. (Est. 1957. Named after Robinson since approximately 1997)
1964 Ara Parseghian
1988 Lou Holtz
2005 Charlie Weis
2012 Brian Kelly


Touchdown Club of Columbus (Est. ?* Called the “Woody Hayes Trophy” since 1977)
1964 Ara Parseghian
1988 Lou Holtz

*Note: Information about the award prior to 1977 is sparse.


Sporting News (Est. 1963)
1966 Ara Parseghian
1988 Lou Holtz
2012 Brian Kelly


Walter Camp Football Foundation. Many years ago it was called the “Tad Jones Award.” Currently chosen by FBS coaches and SIDs.* (Est. 1967)
2012 Brian Kelly

*Formerly chosen by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, before that organization switched to the Bryant Award.


Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation (Est. 1976)
2018 Brian Kelly


Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, National Sports Media Association, formerly called the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (Est. 1986)
1988 Lou Holtz


George Munger Award, Maxwell Football Club (Est. 1989)
2002 Tyrone Willingham


Home Depot Coach of the Year, ESPN/ABC Analysts (Est. 1994)
2002 Tyrone Willingham
2012 Brian Kelly
2018 Brian Kelly


Associated Press (Est. 1998)
2012 Brian Kelly
2018 Brian Kelly


Liberty Mutual (Est. 2006, Discontinued 2014)
2012 Brian Kelly


Stallings Award (Est. 2011)
2018* Brian Kelly

*Officially the “2019” winner, but chosen and awarded in December, 2018.



Random addendum
by RallyingSon  (2019-01-10 11:09:15)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Here, by the way, is a verbatim quote from the university's football media guide: "[Kelly] swept just about every possible coach of the year award in 2012."

As you can see from my original post, that's another way of saying he was NOT:
The Touchdown Club of Columbus's coach of the year
The Bobby Dodd coach of the year
The Bryant Award winner
The George Munger Award winner
The Stallings Award winner


Eleven awards but NO NC? How would you introduce a guy like
by Dillon76  (2019-01-10 00:31:31)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

that at a Motivational Speaking Event?


"Bo Knows"
by domer4  (2019-01-10 10:32:43)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Actually, the last few awards BK has won were not in existence when Bo coached - 1969 to 1989.

So I think Schembechler has him in terms of numbers if the awards were in existence by 1989.

Interestingly, in none of these award years did Schembechler capture one of his two Rose Bowl victories. Also he never got an award in his only unbeated, untied regular season - 1971.

American Football Coaches Association. (Award Established in 1935. Originally a poll of coaches conducted by the Scripps-Howard Newspapers)
1969 Bo Schembechler

Columbus Touchdown Club
1985 Bo Schembechler

Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Football Writers Association of America. (Est. 1957. Named after Robinson since approximately 1997)
1969 Bo Schembechler

Sporting News
1985 Bo Schembechler

Walter Camp Coach of the Year
1969 Bo Schembechler

Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year
1977 Bo Schembechler

George Munger/Maxwell Award
1989 Bo Schembechler


Wow. Well done. *
by RallyingSon  (2019-01-10 11:43:42)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


"What the... That's it! Kelly is Bo! Bo is Kelly!"
by Dillon76  (2019-01-10 11:00:53)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post