American Heart Association And Marathon Oil Release Watch List for 31st Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year Award

American Heart Association And Marathon Oil Release Watch List for 31st Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year Award

(HOUSTON) October 19, 2016 – This year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Paul “Bear” Bryant Watch List includes a dynamic lineup of new faces and old favorites. Representing America’s top college football coaches, the contenders will go head-to-head to compete for the coveted title of Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced live on January 11, 2017 during the awards banquet in Houston at the Toyota Center.

The 23 coaches on this year’s watch list are (in alphabetical order):

  • Bret Bielema – Arkansas
  • Paul Chryst – Wisconsin
  • Larry Fedora – North Carolina
  • J. Fleck – Western Michigan
  • Jim Grobe – Baylor University
  • Jim Harbaugh – Michigan
  • Bryan Harsin – Boise State
  • Tom Herman – Houston
  • Dana Holgorsen – West Virginia
  • Butch Jones – Tennessee
  • Mike MacIntyre – Colorado
  • Gus Malzahn – Auburn
  • Jim McElwain – Florida
  • Urban Meyer – Ohio State
  • Ken Niumatalolo – Navy
  • Chris Petersen – Washington
  • Bobby Petrino – Louisville
  • Mike Riley – Nebraska
  • Nick Saban – Alabama
  • Kevin Sumlin – Texas A&M
  • Dabo Swinney – Clemson
  • Willie Taggart – South Florida
  • Kyle Whittingham – Utah

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The Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor presented after all bowl games are concluded. It is voted on by the National Sports Media Association and has honored many of the game’s greatest leaders, including Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in 2016.  Five to 10 finalists will be announced this December who will then attend the awards banquet in January.

During the banquet, Barry Alvarez, athletic director and former head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be recognized as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. First presented in 2000, this award honors a coach for outstanding career accomplishments both on and off the college football field.  Previous award winners include Mack Brown (2016), Jimmy Johnson (2015), R.C. Slocum (2014) and LaVell Edwards (2013), who now take their place in history beside legends like Bryant.

The Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation has raised more than $7 million in the past 31 years to fund AHA research, advocacy and educational programs across the country that are necessary for the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. The record-breaking 30th anniversary event in 2016 raised nearly $1 million. Prior to his death of a heart attack in 1983, “Bear” always talked about being bigger than something other than himself and the Bryant Award offers an opportunity to do just that – to be a part of Team Bryant in the fight against cardiovascular disease.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past eight years, underscoring the Company’s commitment to health and wellness and supporting initiatives that promote the well-being of workers and their families both on and off the job. The Company also values the communities in which its employees live and work and strives to partner with local community leaders to recognize and advance important public health initiatives that promote the common good and protect the public.

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About American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.  The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is a global exploration and production company. Based in Houston, Texas, the Company had net proved reserves at the end of 2015 of 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent in North America, Europe and Africa.  For more information, please visit the Company’s website at


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