Coach of the Year Award

Coach Bryant was a leader, both on and off the field. He possessed the ability to inspire, the patience to teach, and the gift of leadership. The Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award salutes those coaches who have reached that same high standard of excellence.

Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award Recipients


  • 2021– Luke Fickell, Cincinnati
  • 2020– Nick Saban, Alabama
  • 2019– Ed Orgeron, Louisiana State
  • 2018– Dabo Swinney, Clemson
  • 2017 – Scott Frost, Central Florida
  • 2016 – Dabo Swinney, Clemson
  • 2015 – Dabo Swinney, Clemson
  • 2014– Gary Patterson, Texas Christian
  • 2013 – Gus Malzahn, Auburn
  • 2012 – Bill O’Brien, Penn State
  • 2011 – Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
  • 2010– Gene Chizik, Auburn
  • 2009 – Chris Petersen, Boise State
  • 2008 – Kyle Whittingham, Utah
  • 2007 – Mark Mangino, Kansas
  • 2006 – Chris Petersen, Boise State
  • 2005 – Mack Brown, Texas
  • 2004 – Tommy Tuberville, Auburn
  • 2003 – Nick Saban, Louisiana State
  • 2002 – Jim Tressel, Ohio State
  • 2001 – Larry Coker, Miami
  • 2000 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
  • 1999 – Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
  • 1998 – Bill Snyder, Kansas State
  • 1997 – Lloyd Carr, Michigan
  • 1996 – Bruce Snyder, Arizona State
  • 1995 – Gary Barnett, Northwestern
  • 1994 – Rich Brooks, Oregon
  • 1993 – Terry Bowden, Auburn
  • 1992 – Gene Stallings, Alabama
  • 1991 – Don James, Washington
  • 1990 – Bobby Ross, Georgia Tech
  • 1989 – Bill McCartney, Colorado
  • 1988 – Lou Holtz , Notre Dame
  • 1987 – Dick MacPherson, Syracuse
  • 1986 – Joe Paterno, Penn State