1. The Coach of the Year finalist results are here in!Each of the our 25 finalists are living proof that the complete package of on-field excellence and off-field charity inspires not just only their players and communities, but also the fans nationwide who admire and respect them. See who made it through as finalists, and help us determine which of these coaches in each division deserves to win the award in each division from - now through December 20th by voting at here: http://coachoftheyear.com
I-Football Bowl Subdivision:
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Jim Mora, UCLA
Bill O’Brien, Penn State
Mark Richt, Georgia
Nick Saban, Alabama
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Charlie Strong, Louisville
I-Football Championship Subdivision
Rob Ash, Montana State
Willie Ritz, Sam Houston State
Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina
Jess Monken, Georgia Southern
Danny Rocco, Richmond
Division II
Mark Maciejewski, Shippensburg (Pa.)
Scott Maxfield, Henderson State (Ark.)
Bob Nielson, Minnesota Duluth
Peter Rossomando, New Haven (Conn.)
Jed Stugart, Sioux Falls (S.D.)
Division III:
Jim Catanzaro, Lake Forest (III.)
Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas (Minn.)
Pat Cerroni, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Lonnie Pries, Concordia Chicago
Steve Staker, Coe (Iowa)

    The Coach of the Year finalist results are here in!

    Each of the our 25 finalists are living proof that the complete package of on-field excellence and off-field charity inspires not just only their players and communities, but also the fans nationwide who admire and respect them.

    See who made it through as finalists, and help us determine which of these coaches in each division deserves to win the award in each division from - now through December 20th by voting at here: http://coachoftheyear.com

    I-Football Bowl Subdivision:

    • Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
    • Urban Meyer, Ohio State
    • Jim Mora, UCLA
    • Bill O’Brien, Penn State
    • Mark Richt, Georgia
    • Nick Saban, Alabama
    • Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
    • Dabo Swinney, Clemson
    • Charlie Strong, Louisville

    I-Football Championship Subdivision

    • Rob Ash, Montana State
    • Willie Ritz, Sam Houston State
    • Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina
    • Jess Monken, Georgia Southern
    • Danny Rocco, Richmond

    Division II

    • Mark Maciejewski, Shippensburg (Pa.)
    • Scott Maxfield, Henderson State (Ark.)
    • Bob Nielson, Minnesota Duluth
    • Peter Rossomando, New Haven (Conn.)
    • Jed Stugart, Sioux Falls (S.D.)

    Division III:

    • Jim Catanzaro, Lake Forest (III.)
    • Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas (Minn.)
    • Pat Cerroni, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    • Lonnie Pries, Concordia Chicago
    • Steve Staker, Coe (Iowa)
  2. Chat with Archie Manning about College Football: #COTYarchie

     

    Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year is proud to host a Twitter chat with Archie Manning on Monday, November 12th. All are welcome to chime in! We will be giving out 5 Archie Manning signed football to lucky participants.

    When: November 12th, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. EST.
    Who:
    Archie Manning
    Where:
    #COTYarchie on Twitter; follow the Tweetchat here: http://bit.ly/W3h7lj
    What:
    Come chat with Archie about anything college football related

    Join the Facebook event page here: http://on.fb.me/RLs45i

     
    How this works
    Users can join the Tweetchat on this day and tweet questions you would like Archie to answer. As the chat begins, users can tweet their questions to @LMcoachofyear - the Twitter handle which Archie will be tweeting with. Moderators @jesscole and @mayzyap will pick and choose the best questions, and announce each question by starting each with the letter “Q.”


    For example:

    Q1: Archie, what are your thoughts so far on this season? via @[UserWhoAskedTheQuestion]

    Archie will then reply by beginning with the letter “A.”

    We will tweet at the lucky participants who will be receiving an Archie signed football. From there, please Direct Message us your address and the football will be mailed directly to you.

     

    We look forward to reading all your questions on Monday!

     

    First time joining a Tweetchat? No problem, here are the basics:

    What is a Tweetchat?

    Twitter chats are scheduled gatherings of people on Twitter to discuss pretty much anything that interests them, using a #hashtag to keep track of the conversation. It’s very much like Instant Messaging.


    How do I join/follow a Tweetchat?

    1. Go to http://bit.ly/W3h7lj
    2. Click “Sign-in” on the top right corner and sign-in with your Twitter account
    3. To join in the conversation, use the message box the same way you would use Twitter to join the conversation. If you are replying to someone’s comment start your tweet with their Twitter handle (e.g. @their_twitterhandle)
    4. The hashtag #COTYarchie will already be included, you do not need to type #COTYarchie in your message if you are on tweetchat.com
    5. You can “Pause” or control the speed of tweets populating to your liking.
  3. Coaching is bigger than a game

    Now that the program is in full-swing, we want to take a step back to look at what the program is all about. Coaching is bigger than just the game. It’s not just about the players, or the whole 100 yards between the players and the end zone; for us, coaching is all about SIRE.

    What is SIRE?

    It’s Sportsmanship, Integrity, Responsibility, and Excellence. All of these are qualities that a winning coach should possess, and are strongly considered when selecting our winners.

    Sportsmanship

    The best coaches should conduct themselves in an honorable way on and off the field. By treating their players, opposing coaches and the media with respect, they set an example for everyone to follow.

    Integrity

    Integrity means knowing how to win the right way. The best coaches refuse to bend or break the rules to keep their teams on top and require the same from their players.

    Responsibility
    Coaches aren’t just leaders of their team, but also leaders in their community. They give back to their schools and communities that cheer on their teams every week.

    Excellence
    Wins and losses aren’t the only measure of excellence. It’s also about teaching student athletes to excel in the classroom so they can lead productive lives when their playing days are done.

    Coach of the Year Award not only awards winning coaches with recognition, but also ways to give back. Each winning coach will receive a $50,000 cash prize to donate to a charity of their choice, and a $20,000 grant for each of their schools’ alumni association to provide a better program for graduates.

    Who are some of the coaches that you think possess these qualities?

  4. SCORE BAYLOR!!!! (Yeah, I’ll be liveblogging.)

    We are too, for a bunch of the games on today!

The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes college football coaches who demonstrate Sportsmanship, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence both on and off the field. Endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame, the program awards one winning coach from each NCAA division (I-FBS, I-FCS, II, and III) with $50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, a $20,000 grant to each school’s alumni association, and the Coach of the Year trophy.