Oct. 26, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke was one of 20 coaches nationally to be named to the 2011 Bryant Coach of the Year Award Watch List on Wednesday (Oct. 26).
Five to 10 coaches will be named to the finalists' list in December, and the winner will be announced at a Jan. 19 awards dinner. The award, which honors former Alabama head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, is the only college coaching honor voted on after all of the bowl games are concluded.
The 19th head coach in Michigan football history, Hoke is currently 6-1 with the Wolverines in his first season at the helm. Hoke became the third Wolverines head coach since 1901 to win his first six games at U-M, joining Fielding Yost (1901) and Bennie Oosterbaan (1948).
Four other Big Ten coaches join Hoke on the list, including Bret Bielema of Wisconsin, Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, Joe Paterno of Penn State and Bo Pelini of Nebraska.
The Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award also will be awarded at the January ceremony to former Iowa head coach Hayden Fry. Among its previous recipients is former Michigan coach Glenn "Bo" Schembechler.
The Bryant Awards honor excellence in coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke and are voted on by the 2012 Marathon Oil Corporation committee of the American Heart Association.
Bryant Coach of the Year Watch List (alphabetical order):
Frank Beamer -- Virginia Tech University
Bret Bielema -- University of Wisconsin
Mark Dantonio -- Michigan State University
Mike Gundy -- Oklahoma State University
Brady Hoke -- University of Michigan
Mark Hudspeth -- University of Louisiana
Chip Kelly -- University of Oregon
Les Miles -- Louisiana State University
Joe Paterno -- Penn State University
Bo Pelini -- University of Nebraska
Chris Petersen -- Boise State University
Bobby Petrino -- University of Arkansas
Nick Saban -- University of Alabama
David Shaw -- Stanford University
Bill Snyder -- Kansas State University
Steve Spurrier -- University of South Carolina
Bob Stoops -- University of Oklahoma
Kevin Sumlin -- University of Houston
Dabo Swinney -- Clemson University
Tommy Tuberville -- Texas Tech University
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