Voting Opens for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award
Oct. 8, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head football coach Matt Wells is in the running for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, a fan-voted award given to a head coach at each of the four college divisions.
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is the only college football award that supports both charity and scholarship through its winners by celebrating coaches who best exemplifies responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field.
From now through Dec. 3, Aggie fans can visit CoachoftheYear.com to cast their vote for Wells, as well as a coach at the FCS, Division II and Division III levels. Winning coaches will be announced January 6, 2014, prior to the national championship game. Fans can vote once per day.
Each of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year winners will receive $50,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance to donate to the charity of their choice. These funds have been used by winning coaches to benefit such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Lone Survivor Foundation, local Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In addition, winning coaches earn $20,000 for their school's alumni association to support scholarship finances.
Following the close of fan voting on December 3, the 15 coaches with the most fan votes in each division will advance to an evaluation process to determine the finalists. From there, 10 FBS finalists and five each in FCS, Division II and Division III will be announced Dec. 10 at a press conference held in conjunction with the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Class of 2013 induction in New York City.
A finalist round of voting will then reopen for fans, while at the same time ballots will be cast by members of the College Football Hall of Fame and a select group of the national college football media to determine this year's winners. The 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winners will be announced in Newport Beach, Calif., on Monday, Jan., 2014, in advance of the national championship game.
The 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winners were Brian Kelly, Notre Dame (FBS); Willie Fritz, Sam Houston State (FCS); Peter Rossomando, University of New Haven (Division II); and Glenn Caruso, University of St. Thomas (Division III).
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball, on Facebook at facebook.com/USUFootball or on Instagram at instagram.com/usufootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics.