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Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award is a college football award given annually to the nation's best head coach. Established in 2009, Nick Saban was the award's first recipient. The trophy commemorates former Florida State Seminoles football coach Bobby Bowden.
The Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award (the Bowden Award) is presented by the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club of Birmingham, Alabama
and the Alabama Sports Foundation.  The Bowden Award commemorates  Bobby Bowden in recognition of his legendary coaching career and as a national symbol of recognition for the college football coach who has excelled on the football field while demonstrating perseverance, attitude, integrity, and determination, attributes that Bowden has exemplified throughout his coaching career and life.
Nick Saban was the inaugural winner of the Bowden Award. Saban led the  University of Alabama football team to the 2009  BCS National Championship and  AP National Championship, making him the only coach to win a national championship with two different schools since 1950 and one of two coaches to win a  Southeastern Conference football championship at two different schools. Bowden presented the Bowden Award to Saban at a public ceremony on March 21, 2010 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center  in  Birmingham, Alabama.
Beginning in 2011, the Bowden Award will be presented annually after
National Signing Day and before the commencement of spring college football practice.
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