Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Awarded forNCAA college football's national coach of the year
Presented byNational Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
CountryUnited States
First awarded1986
Currently held byBill O'Brien
Official website

The Paul 'Bear' Bryant Award is an award that has been given annually since 1986 to NCAA college football's national coach of the year. The Award was named in honor of longtime Alabama coach Bear Bryant after he died of a heart attack in 1983. It is voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the American Heart Association. The College Football Coach of the Year Award began in 1957 and was renamed for Bryant in 1986. Bryant himself won the earlier award in 1961, 1971, and 1973.[1]

According to the official website:[2]

The Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Awards is an exclusive event that honors a college football coach whose great accomplishments, both on and off the field, are legendary. The award recognizes the masters of coaching and allows them to take their deserved place in history beside other legends like Bear Bryant.


Year Winner[3] School
1986 Joe Paterno Penn State
1987 Dick MacPherson Syracuse
1988 Lou Holtz Notre Dame
1989 Bill McCartney Colorado
1990 Bobby Ross Georgia Tech
1991 Don James Washington
1992 Gene Stallings Alabama
1993 Terry Bowden Auburn
1994 Rich Brooks Oregon
1995 Gary Barnett Northwestern
1996 Bruce Snyder Arizona State
1997 Lloyd Carr Michigan
1998 Bill Snyder Kansas State
1999 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech
2000 Bob Stoops Oklahoma
2001 Larry Coker Miami
2002 Jim Tressel Ohio State
2003 Nick Saban LSU
2004 Tommy Tuberville Auburn
2005 Mack Brown Texas
2006 Chris Petersen Boise State
2007 Mark Mangino Kansas
2008 Kyle Whittingham Utah
2009 Chris Petersen Boise State
2010 Gene Chizik Auburn
2011 Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
2012 Bill O'Brien Penn State

Winners by schoolEdit

School Awards
Auburn 3
Boise State 2
Penn State 2
Alabama 1
Arizona State 1
Colorado 1
Georgia Tech 1
Kansas 1
Kansas State 1
Miami 1
Michigan 1
Northwestern 1
Notre Dame 1
Ohio State 1
Oklahoma 1
Oklahoma State 1
Oregon 1
Syracuse 1
Texas 1
Utah 1
Virginia Tech 1
Washington 1

Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award winners Edit

2000Darrell Royal
2001Charles McClendon
2002Bill Yeoman
2003Frank Broyles
2004Gene Stallings
2005Lou Holtz
2006Jack Pardee
2007Bo Schembechler
2008Tom Osborne
2009Barry Switzer
2010Bobby Bowden
2011Hayden Fry

See also Edit


  1. Barra, Allen (2005). The Last Coach: The Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant. W.W. Norton & Company. p. 517.
  3. "Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Awards". Retrieved December 12, 2012.

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