Dec. 6, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. -- Liberty Mutual Insurance announced Tuesday (Dec. 6) that University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke is one of 10 FBS finalists for the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, which celebrates coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, and for giving back to their teams, schools and communities, on and off the field.
The 10 finalists were determined as a result of online fan voting at www.CoachoftheYear.com and through an objective scoring model endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame. Each coach was among the top 15 in fan votes in FBS to qualify for the model, which considers, among other criteria: wins, team penalties, on-field sportsmanship, academic achievement by the student-athletes, and commitment to charitable endeavors. Voting continues through Dec. 22 at www.CoachoftheYear.com to help determine the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year winners.
"College football fans clearly recognize Coach Hoke as one of the game's true leaders, and we agree he is an excellent finalist for the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award," said Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual senior vice president, consumer marketing. "Each year, we ask fans to vote for the coaches who best exemplify the award's characteristics -- sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off the field. Coach Hoke does just that, through his success on game days, as well as providing leadership to his student-athletes and commitment to the greater Michigan community."
Joining Hoke among the 10 finalists are: Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Mark Hudspeth (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Mike London (Virginia), Les Miles (Louisiana State), Bobby Petrino (Arkansas), Mark Richt (Georgia), Nick Saban (Alabama), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).
"In a time where many people measure success only by wins and losses, we are thrilled to have our own Coach Hoke named as a 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year finalist," said Justin Dickens, Michigan football public and media relations director. "Coach Hoke does just as much for his student-athletes and community off the field as he does on the field, which gives Michigan fans and alumni something to be proud of. Now our fans just have to keep voting for Coach Hoke to bring home the trophy, and to support his charities and our school."
Fans can visit www.CoachoftheYear.com between Dec. 6-22 to vote daily among the finalists in each division. They also can join the conversation on Facebook by visiting www.Facebook.com/LMCoachofYear or on Twitter, @LMCoachofYear.
Selection committees of more than 50 College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches and the national college football media will also cast votes for the winners to ensure coaches are evaluated fairly and measured against the specific values of responsibility and integrity. Winners are ultimately determined using the following voting weight: fans, 20 percent; College Football Hall of Fame, 55 percent; and college football media, 25 percent.
Liberty Mutual will announce the four division winners the morning of the BCS Championship game, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. Each winning coach will receive $50,000 to donate to the charities of his choice and a $20,000 grant to his school's alumni association.
Media Contact: Justin Dickens (734) 763-4423