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Coach Dabo Swinney Named 2018 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coache Of The Year

[Houston] (January 9, 2019) – Coach Dabo Swinney took home the title of the college football Coach of the Year at the American Heart Association’s 33rd annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation Wednesday. Swinney is the first coach in the Bryant Awards history to win the award three times.
The first to also win the award in consecutive years—2015 and 2016—Swinney has led Clemson to eight straight seasons of at least 10 wins, along with five ACC titles, seven ACC Atlantic Division titles and 11 straight bowl appearances since 2008. Dabo Swinney’s 11 seasons as Clemson head coach have propelled him among the greatest to walk the Tigers’ sideline in the program’s 122 years. The Clemson Tigers won their second National Championship under Swinney on Monday when they defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 44–16.

“You know it’s been a great year when you get invited to this event,” Swinney said. “It’s an honor to be here with Coach Beamer. He is one of the best men in this business. Coach Bryant built men through the game of football, and that’s just what I try to do.” Swinney went on to discuss the Tigers’ season and his perspective on coaching. “It was a special season for us with a special team. To be the first team in the modern history of college football to be 15-0…but it’s not just that we won, it’s how we won. What matters more than anything is the journey. That’s what’s special. Coaching is a calling. I believe that God put me on this green Earth to coach, and I thank the good Lord.”

The winner of this coveted annual award was selected by the National Sports Media Association, formerly known as National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. It is the only college coaching honor presented after all bowl games are concluded and recognizes an elite group of coaches for their distinguished leadership on and off the field.
Representing the country’s finest college football coaches, 2018 award finalists were: Bill Clark – University of Alabama-Birmingham, Josh Heupel – University of Central Florida, Brian Kelly – Notre Dame, Jeff Monken – Army West Point, Nick Saban – University of Alabama, Dabo Swinney – Clemson University and Jeff Tedford – Fresno State University.

The Bryant Awards also recognized 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Frank Beamer, who coached the Virginia Tech Hokies for 29 years, retiring in 2015. Last year, in his first year of eligibility, Beamer entered the National Football Hall of Fame and he is one of just 13 who serve on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2017, he won the coveted Nyland Trophy for his contributions to the game – an award that Bear Bryant himself received in 1983.

Beamer’s record includes four Atlantic Coast Championships, five ACC Coastal Division Crowns, three Big East Conference titles, six BCS appearances, two “major bowl” victories and a trip to the national championship game in 2000. Before returning to his alma mater, he served as head coach at Murray State from 1981 to 1986.
Sports aficionados who were unable to attend the Bryant Awards had the opportunity to watch the ceremony live on FOX College Sports. It will re-air on various FOX Sports affiliates in the next month. Funds raised from the Bryant Awards benefit American Heart Association research, advocacy and educational programs across the country aimed at the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past ten years, underscoring the Company’s commitment to health and wellness. The Company strives to partner with local organizations to recognize and advance important public health initiatives in the communities where it operates.
For a recap of the fun, be sure to check out www.bryantawards.com and join the conversation by following #bryantawards and facebook.com/bryantawards.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is an independent exploration and production company based in Houston. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.
Media Contacts:

American Heart Association
Esther Schinzler, Esther.Schinzler@heart.org
1.832.918.4046

2019 BBA Finalists

American Heart Association and Marathon Oil Announce finalist List for 33rd Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award

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American Heart Association and Marathon Oil Announce finalist List for 33rd Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Houston, Dec. 19, 2018The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, announced the finalists for the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation. Representing the nation’s best in college football, these coaches will compete for the highly-coveted and final title of the season: the 2018 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award. The winner will be announced live on Jan. 9, 2019 during the awards dinner and ceremony at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston.

The 2018 award finalists are:

  • Bill Clark – University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Josh Heupel – University of Central Florida
  • Brian Kelly – Notre DameJeff
  • Monken – Army West Point
  • Nick Saban – University of Alabama
  • Dabo Swinney – Clemson University
  • Jeff Tedford – Fresno State University

Coach Frank Beamer is the recipient of the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award and will also attend the dinner in January. Beamer coached the Virginia Tech Hokies for 29 years, retiring in 2015.
Now in its 33rd year, the Coach of the Year Award recognizes the country’s top college football coach for their contributions both on and off the field. The award is the only college coaching honor selected after all bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sports Media Association.

Behind the scenes, the award is much bigger than a season’s success. It is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on heart disease and stroke – the nation’s no. 1 and no. 5 health threats. Since the adoption of the name, the Bryant Awards has raised over $9.8 Million for the American Heart Association, funding research, education and advocacy efforts and saving countless lives. “Bear” always talked about being bigger than something other than himself. The Bryant Awards offer an opportunity to do just that — to join the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke and help save lives.
Once again, sports aficionados can enjoy the Bryant Awards live on FOX College Sports – available through most cable providers.

Fans can take part in the online silent auction benefitting the AHA. Items are available for bidding online now at https://BearBryantAuction2019.ggo.bid. Notable auction packages include: a 15-day Grand European River Cruise for two; tickets to the Master’s Tuesday Practice Round in Augusta, Georgia for four; a suite at the Toyota Center to see the Houston Rockets take on the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, March 22, 2019; and autographed sports memorabilia from the Houston Astros, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and more.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past ten years, underscoring the Company’s commitment to health and wellness. The Company strives to partner with local organizations to recognize and advance important public health initiatives in the communities where it operates.
Lee Tillman, Marathon Oil president and CEO, says the finalists are each remarkable. “These distinguished coaches are leaders on and off the field, and we’re honored to welcome them to this elite group,” Tillman said. “They represent Paul “Bear” Bryant’s belief in excellence and support the Bryant family’s commitment to the American Heart Association’s mission of building a world of longer, healthier lives.”
To purchase tickets to the Bryant Awards, contact 832-918-4009 or visit www.bryantawards.org.

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 heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is an independent exploration and production company based in Houston. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.

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American Heart Association and Marathon Oil Announce Watch List for 33rd Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award

American Heart Association and Marathon Oil Announce Watch List for 33rd Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Houston, Oct. 17, 2018 – The college football season is heating up and this year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards Watch List includes a who’s who lineup of new faces and old favorites. Representing the nation’s best in college football, these coaches will compete for the highly-coveted and final title of the season: the 2018 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced live on Jan. 9, 2019 during the awards dinner and ceremony at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston.
The 20 coaches on this year’s Watch List are (in alphabetical order):

Bill Clark, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mario Cristobal, University of Oregon
Dave Doeren, North Carolina State University
Luke Fickell, University of Cincinnati
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M University
Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan
Tom Herman, The University of Texas
Josh Heupel, University of Central Florida
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia University
Brian Kelly, University of Notre Dame
Seth Littrell, University of North Texas
Mike MacIntyre, University of Colorado
Dan Mullen, University of Florida
Ed Orgeron, Louisiana State University
Lincoln Riley, University of Oklahoma
Nick Saban, The University of Alabama
Kirby Smart, The University of Georgia
Dabo Swinney, Clemson University
Mark Stoops, University of Kentucky
Charlie Strong, University of South Florida

The Watch List precedes the announcement of the finalists in December. These coaches are invited to the Bryant Awards in Houston to find out who will be the 2018 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year.
Now in its 33rd year, the award recognizes the country’s top college football coaches for their contributions both on and off the field. The Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor selected after all bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sports Media Association. Last year’s winner, University of Central Florida’s Scott Frost (now at Nebraska), led his team to a conference record of 8 wins and zero losses, an overall record of 13 wins and zero losses, ending the season with a 34 to 27 win over Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. He was also named the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Behind the scenes, the award is much bigger than a season’s success. It is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on heart disease and stroke – the nation’s no. 1 and no. 5 health threats. Since the adoption of the name, the Bryant Awards have raised over $8.5 Million for the American Heart Association, funding research, education and advocacy efforts and saving countless lives. “Bear” always talked about being bigger than something other than himself. The Bryant Awards offer an opportunity to do just that — to join the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke and help save lives.

Once again this year, sports aficionados can enjoy the Bryant Awards live on FOX College Sports – available through most cable providers. Fans can follow the Watch List coaches, track progress of the awards and be the among the first to know made the finalist list at facebook.com/bryantawards.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past ten years, underscoring the Company’s commitment to health and wellness. The Company strives to partner with local organizations to recognize and advance important public health initiatives in the communities where it operates.
To purchase tickets to the Bryant Awards, contact 832-918-4009 or visit www.bryantawards.org.

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 heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is an independent exploration and production company based in Houston. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.

For Media Inquiries:

Sue Davis, Sr. Communications Director, AHA Greater Houston
M: 618-521-1288
Susan.Davis@heart.org
Esther Schinzler, Marketing Communications Director, AHA Greater Houston
O: 8l32-918-4046
Esther.Schinzler@heart.org

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Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer Will Receive The 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award

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Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer Will Receive The 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award

Houston, Sept. 20, 2019 – Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer, the winningest collegiate coach in his NCAA division when he retired in 2015, will receive the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. Beamer will receive the award presented by Marathon Oil Corporation at the 33rd annual awards dinner Jan. 9, 2019 in Houston.

Marathon Oil’s President and CEO Lee Tillman said Beamer’s contributions across three decades are profound. “Frank Beamer has always gone beyond winning, teaching players leadership skills for life,” said Tillman. “He won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award in 1999, and his contributions to building communities and supporting healthy living reflect the commitments of Marathon Oil and AHA. He is deserving of this capstone lifetime achievement award.”

Beamer, who traveled to Houston for the announcement, said he is honored. “I am honored and humbled to receive the Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. I’d like to thank all the fine young men who I had an opportunity to coach, as well as their parents who entrusted their sons to me. Without our coaches and support staff, we could not have built the program and enjoyed the success we did. A big thank you to them and their families for their commitment and loyalty,” Beamer said.

Last year, in his first year of eligibility, Beamer entered the National Football Hall of Fame and he is one of just 13 who serve on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2017, he won the coveted Nyland Trophy for his contributions to the game – an award that Bear Bryant himself received in 1983.

The National Conference for Community and Justice honored Beamer with its Humanitarian Award in 2004 for his contributions for fostering justice, equity and community in Roanoke (Va.) Valley.

“I also owe a debt of gratitude to our fabulous fans, administrators and alumni at Virginia Tech who allowed me to enjoy a 29-year coaching run at my alma mater,” Beamer said. “Finally, and most importantly, I am especially grateful for my wife, Cheryl, and our family. I will share this award with everyone who made it possible and look forward to attending the ceremony. Go Hokies!”

Beamer, whose tenure as the Hokie’s coach spanned 29 years, has a Virginia Tech 238-121-2 record and an overall record of 280-144-4. He led the team to seven conference championships across his 29 seasons and made 23 straight bowl appearances. In 2000, he was voted the Big East Conference Coach of the Decade.

Beamer’s record includes four Atlantic Coast Championships, five ACC Coastal Division Crowns, three Big East Conference titles, six BCS appearances, two “major bowl” victories and a trip to the national championship game in 2000. Before returning to his alma mater, he served as head coach at Murray State from 1981 to 1986.

The Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award honors a coach for outstanding career accomplishments both on and off the field. Beamer joins a roster of the best in college football coaching, including Steve Spurrier (2018), Barry Alvarez (2017), Mack Brown (2016), Jimmy Johnson (2015), R.C. Slocum (2014) and LaVell Edwards (2013), and stands alongside the legendary Coach Bryant himself.

Now in its 33rd year, the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards recognize the country’s top college football coaches for their contributions both on and off the field. The Coach of the Year Award – presented each January – is the only college coaching honor selected after all bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sports Media Association.

Behind the scenes, both awards are much bigger than a season or career success. These are opportunities to shine a spotlight on heart disease and stroke – the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 health threats. Since the adoption of the name, the Bryant Awards have raised more than $9.8 million for the American Heart Association, funding research, education and advocacy efforts and saving countless lives. “Bear” always talked about being bigger than something other than himself. The Bryant Awards offer an opportunity to do just that — to join the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past 10 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.

To purchase tickets to the Bryant Awards, contact 832-918-4009 or visit www.bryantawards.org.

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 heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is an independent exploration and production company based in Houston. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.

For Media Inquiries:

Sue Davis, Sr. Communications Director, AHA Greater Houston
M: 618-521-1288
Susan.Davis@heart.org
Esther Schinzler, Marketing Communications Director, AHA Greater Houston
O: 8l32-918-4046
Esther.Schinzler@heart.org


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Scott Frost Named 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year

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Scott Frost Named 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year

Houston, Jan. 10, 2018
Coach Scott Frost took home the title of the college football Coach of the Year at the American Heart Association’s 32nd annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation Wednesday.

Frost, formerly with the University of Central Florida Knights, and recently named head coach at Nebraska, saw his UCF team stand alone as the only undefeated NCAA Division I football team in the country this year. He led the team to a conference record of 8 wins and zero losses, an overall record of 13 wins and zero losses, ending the season with a 34 to 27 win over Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. He was also named the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

“Thank you all so much,” Frost said in accepting the award. “This means a lot.”

Scott said that when he came to UCF, the team was struggling. “Now two years later they are leaving as champions, and I am so happy for them.”

“Thank you also for thinking of the little guy,” Frost said. “Now charge on UCF and go Big Red.”

The winner of this coveted annual award was selected by the National Sports Media Association, formerly known as National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. It is the only college coaching honor presented after all bowl games are concluded and recognizes an elite group of coaches for their distinguished leadership on and off the field.
Representing the country’s finest college football coaches, 2017 award finalists were: Paul Chryst, University of Wisconsin; Clay Helton, University of Southern California, Gus Malzahn, Auburn University; Jeff Monken, Army; Kirby Smart, University of Georgia; and Dabo Swinney, Clemson University.

The Bryant Awards also recognized 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Steve Spurrier, former head coach at the University of Florida, the University of South Carolina and Duke University.

Spurrier is one of only four individuals named to the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1966 playing for the University of Florida.

At Duke in 1989, Coach Spurrier led the school to its ACC Football championship in 55 years. Moving on to his alma mater, leading the Gators to six conference titles and ending his 12-year run there with a 122-27 record — the winningest coach in Florida history. In 2005, South Carolina came calling and Coach Spurrier signed on for 10 years with the Gamecocks – where he became the winningest coach there with an 86-49 record. He returned to Florida in 2016 where he serves as an ambassador and consultant.

“Receiving the Coach Bryant Award from the American Heart Association is one of the best awards for coaching there is in the country. When I was an active coach for 25 years, I did not win it. Winning the Lifetime Achievement Coach Bryant Award is just as good. I am thrilled to be here to receive this award,” Spurrier said.

For the second time in its history, sports aficionados who were unable to attend the Bryant Awards had the opportunity to watch the ceremony live on FOX College Sports. It will re-air on various FOX Sports affiliates in the next month.

Funds raised from the Bryant Awards benefit American Heart Association research, advocacy and educational programs across the country aimed at the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past nine 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.
For a recap of the fun, be sure to check out www.bryantawards.com and join the conversation by following #bryantawards and facebook.com/bryantawards.

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 www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation is a global exploration and production company. Based in Houston, Texas, the Company had net proved reserves at the end of 2016 of 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent in North America, Europe and Africa. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.
American Heart Association Contacts

Sue Davis, Sr. Director of Communications, Houston-Gulf Coast
Susan.Davis@heart.org
618.521.1288dd
Nicole Dixon, Director of Communications, Gulf Coast
Nicole.Dixon@heart.org
832.918.4046


2017 Finalists announcement

2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year Finalists

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2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year Finalists

One coach to receive coveted national award on Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Embargoed Release: 3:30 p.m. CST on Dec.13, 2017
Houston (3:30 p.m. CST on Dec.13, 2017) – American Heart Association (AHA) and 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant title sponsor Marathon Oil Corporation announced today a powerhouse lineup of finalists for the 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award – the nation’s top award for college football coaches. The winner will be announced live Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 during the awards dinner and ceremony at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

Representing the country’s finest college football coaches, 2017 award finalists are:

  • Scott Frost – formerly with the University of Central Florida now with the University of Nebraska
  • Paul Chryst – University of Wisconsin
  • Clay Helton – University of Southern California
  • Gus Malzahn – Auburn University
  • Jeff Monken – Army
  • Kirby Smart – University of Georgia
  • Dabo Swinney – Clemson University

Coaching legend Steve Spurrier is the recipient of the Bear Bryant 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award and will also attend the dinner in January. Spurrier was the head coach at Duke, the University of Florida and the University of South Carolina. Fans can join the fun now. For the second year, they can add their two cents and vote for their favorite Coach of the Year.

Fans donate with their dollars – giving lifesaving funds to support healthier communities across the nation here: https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/bear_bryant_2017.html

The fan vote winner will be announced the day after the National Championship Game. Fans can also take part in the online silent auction benefitting the AHA. Items are available for bidding online now at http://bearbryantauction2018.ggo.mobi.

Notable auction packages include: A dove hunting trip for two to Argentina with accommodations at a five-star resort, complete with airfare; a seven-night, eight-day European River Cruise; and a visit for two to the FOX NFL Sunday Pregame Show, including a hotel room and airfare for two to Los Angeles next season.

To purchase tickets to the Bryant Awards or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact 832-918-4009www.bryantawards.com.

Since 1986, the Bryant Awards have raised more than $8.5 million to fund AHA research, advocacy and educational programs across the country aimed at the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. 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 diseases.

Lee Tillman, Marathon Oil president and CEO, says the finalists are each remarkable. “These distinguished coaches are leaders on and off the field, and we’re honored to welcome them to this elite group,” Tillman said. “They represent Paul “Bear” Bryant’s belief in excellence and support the Bryant family’s commitment to the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

Again this year, sports aficionados will be able to enjoy the Bryant Awards Show live on FOX College Sports – available through most cable providers.

Now in its 32nd year, the Bear Bryant award recognizes the country’s top college football coaches for their contributions both on and off the field. The Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor selected after all bowl games have concluded and is voted on by the National Sports Media Association.

Bryant, the winningest coach in college football history, retired in 1983, but died of a heart attack just 28 days after coaching his last football game. His family reached out to the AHA to create this lasting tribute that recognizes top college football coaches and supports the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Marathon Oil has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past nine years, underscoring the Company’s commitment to the health and well-being of its employees, their families and the greater community.

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 www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is an independent exploration and production company. Based in Houston, the Company is focused on U.S. resource plays, including the Eagle Ford in Texas, Northern Delaware in New Mexico, STACK and SCOOP in Oklahoma and the Bakken in North Dakota. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at http://twitter.com/American_Heart.
For Media Inquiries:

Sue Davis
Sue.Davis@heart.org
618.521.1288
Kelsey Guy Walters
Kelsey.Walters@heart.org
214.706.4851


2017 Watch List

2018 Watch List Release

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2018 Watch List Release

American Heart association And marathon Oil Announce Watch List for 32nd Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of The Year Award

HOUSTON – The college football season is heating up and this year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards Watch List includes a who’s who lineup of new faces and old favorites. Representing the nation’s best in college football, these coaches will compete for the highly-coveted and final title of the season: the 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced live on Jan. 10, 2018 during the awards dinner and ceremony at the Hilton Americas in Houston.
The 20 coaches on this year’s Watch List are (in alphabetical order):

  • Paul Chryst – University of Wisconsin
  • Mark Dantonio– Michigan State University
  • Dave Doeren – North Carolina State University
  • James Franklin – Penn State University
  • Scott Frost – University of Central Florida
  • Mike Gundy – Oklahoma State University
  • Clay Helton – University of Southern California
  • Brian Kelly – University of Notre Dame
  • Mike Leach – Washington State University
  • Rocky Long– San Diego State University
  • Urban Meyer – Ohio State University
  • Mike Norvell – University of Memphis
  • Gary Patterson– Texas Christian University
  • Chris Petersen– University of Washington
  • Mark Richt – University of Miami
  • Lincoln Riley – University of Oklahoma
  • Nick Saban – University of Alabama
  • Kirby Smart – University of Georgia
  • Charlie Strong – University of South Florida
  • Dabo Swinney – Clemson University

The Watch List precedes the announcement of the finalists in December. These coaches are invited to the Bryant Awards in Houston to find out who will be the 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year.

The action continues tomorrow on Oct. 19, 2017 with the announcement of the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at a private, invitation-only event in Houston. This recognition honors a coach for outstanding career accomplishments. Previous award winners include Barry Alvarez (2017) Mack Brown (2016), Jimmy Johnson (2015), R.C. Slocum (2014) and LaVell Edwards (2013), who now take their place in history alongside the legendary Coach Bryant.

Now in its 32nd year, the award recognizes the country’s top college football coaches for their contributions both on and off the field. The Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor selected after all bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sports Media Association. Last year’s winner, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, is the first coach in the Bryant Awards history to be recognized as Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons (’15 and ’16) and just the second coach to win the award twice.

Behind the scenes, the award is much bigger than a season’s success. It is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on heart disease and stroke – the nation’s no. 1 and no. 5 health threats. Since the adoption of the name, the Bryant Awards have raised over $8.5 Million for the American Heart Association, funding research, education and advocacy efforts and saving countless lives. “Bear” always talked about being bigger than something other than himself. The Bryant Awards offer an opportunity to do just that — to join the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke and help save lives.

For the third time in its history, sports aficionados can enjoy the Bryant Awards live on FOX College Sports – available through most cable providers. Fans don’t have to wait until January to join in on the fun, though. For the first time, fans can add their two cents and vote for their favorite Coach of the Year. Fans donate with their dollars – giving lifesaving funds to support healthier communities across the nation. The fan vote will launch soon and the winner will be announced the day after the National Championship Game. Fans can follow the Watch List coaches, learn more about the Fan Vote and be the among the first to know made the finalist list at facebook.com/bryantawards.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past nine years, underscoring the Company’s commitment to health and wellness. The Company strives to partner with local organizations to recognize and advance important public health initiatives in the communities where it operates.

To purchase tickets to the Bryant Awards, contact 832-918-4009 or visit https://bryantawards.org/.

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 www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is an independent exploration and production company based in Houston. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.


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2017 Lifetime Achievement Release

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2017 Lifetime Achievement Release

Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez To Receive Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award

HOUSTON – Legendary Wisconsin football coach Barry Alvarez is the 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Alvarez, the Badgers’ coach for 16 years and the university’s current athletic director, will receive the American Heart Association’s award presented by Marathon Oil Corporation at the 31st annual presentation on Jan. 11, 2017, in Houston. Alvarez revitalized the Badgers’ football enthusiasm during his coaching tenure from 1990-2005 and is by far the winningest coach in Wisconsin football history (119-74-4 record). When he was hired in 1990, Wisconsin was a meager 9-36 in the previous four seasons, but Alvarez propelled the Badgers to 12 bowl appearances, including three Rose Bowl titles and a stunning Capital One Bowl upset over Auburn to close his career on the sideline in 2005.

He is the only Big Ten coach ever to win the Rose Bowl in consecutive seasons and just the 10th coach in conference history with 100 victories at one school.

“As last year’s recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, I’m thrilled to extend a warm congratulations to Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez. There is no doubt he’s been a driving force in the lives of young men on and off the field” said Mack Brown, 2016 recipient and current ESPN College Football Analyst.

Alvarez, 69, balanced his head coaching job with an athletic director role from 2004-05 before turning solely to athletic director. In September he received a contract extension that will keep him in the position through January 2021. Wisconsin sports have won 56 conference titles and 14 national championships in his 13-year tenure.

The Bryant Awards, celebrating 31 years, are named for renowned Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who died of a heart attack in 1983. About 2,200 Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases, one every 40 seconds. The event raises money to fund American Heart Association research, advocacy and educational programs that are necessary for the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. The 30th anniversary event in 2016 raised nearly $1 million, a new record.

The Lifetime Achievement Award highlights a coach who embodied excellence both on and off the college football field throughout his career, and past recipients include Mack Brown (2016), Jimmy Johnson (2015), R.C. Slocum (2014) and LaVell Edwards (2013).

The Coach of the Year Award recognizes a current college football coach for an outstanding season and is the only award of its kind presented after a season’s bowl games. It is voted on by the National Sports Media Association (formerly known as National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association) and has honored many of the game’s all-time greats, including Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in 2016. Finalists for the 2017 award will be announced later this year and will join Alvarez at January’s event.

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 wellbeing 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. For more information on the Bryant Awards, or to purchase tickets, visit www.bryantawards.com or call 832-918-4030. Find us on social media at www.facebook.com/bryantawards and hashtag #bryantawards.

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 or visit heart.org 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 http://www.marathonoil.com.
Media Contacts:
American Heart Association

Suzie Flores
(832) 918-4039
Shelly Millwee
(832) 918-4035
shelly.millwee@heart.org


2016 Watch List

2016 Watch List Announcement

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2016 Watch List Announcement

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

The season’s starting to heat up as we head into Week 8. Fans can follow these coaches and the #bryantawards play-by-play at facebook.com/bryantawards.

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.

To purchase tickets to the Bryant Awards, contact 832-918-4009 or visit www.bryantawards.com.

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 www.heart.org 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 www.marathonoil.com.
Media Contacts:

Suzie Flores
(832) 918-4039
suzie.flores@heart.org
Hayden Rome
(713) 224-9115
hayden@dpwpr.com
Allison Wright
(713) 224-9115
allison@dpwpr.com


2019 winner - Dabo Swinney of Clemson

2016 Winner Announcement Release

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2016 Winner Announcement Release

Dabo Swinney of Clemson Named American Heart Association’s 2016 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year”

HOUSTON, TX, Jan. 11, 2017 – Dabo Swinney of Clemson took home the title of the college football Coach of the Year at the American Heart Association’s 31st annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation. Swinney is the first coach in the Bryant Awards history to be recognized as Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons (’15 and ’16) and just the second coach to win the award twice.
The 2016 season is officially in the books and the Clemson Tigers finished the season 14-1, ultimately winning the National Championship title during an action-packed game against Alabama. In his last 60 games, Swinney is 52-8 and has claimed two ACC championships and a National Championship.

“It’s special to be back here and to win this trophy tonight, and I’m thankful to the Bryant family and the American Heart Association,” Swinney said. “Coach Bryant to me is one of the greatest givers and that’s how we should be measured – by how much we give not what we take. Coach Bryant was such a great giver and he was my hero.”

The winner of this coveted annual award was selected by the National Sports Media Association, formerly known as National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. It is the only college coaching honor presented after all bowl games are concluded and recognizes an elite group of coaches for their distinguished leadership on and off the field.

Representing the country’s finest college football coaches, other finalists were: Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), P.J. Fleck* (Western Michigan), James Franklin (Penn State), Clay Helton (USC), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), and Mike MacIntyre (Colorado).

*P.J. Fleck is currently Minnesota’s head coach, but honored by AHA for his accomplishments as the head coach of Western Michigan.

The Bryant Awards also recognized 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Barry Alvarez, athletic director and former head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alvarez is praised for revitalizing the Badgers’ football program during his coaching tenure from 1990-2005 and is by far the winningest coach in Wisconsin football history (119-74-4 record). He has led Wisconsin’s athletics department since 2004 and will continue to serve in the role until 2021. In his 13-year tenure, Wisconsin sports have won 56 conference titles and 14 national championships.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. It is certainly a privilege to be here supporting the American Heart Association and the tremendous job that you do,” Alvarez said. “The name alone speaks a bulk of excellence and tonight that is what this award represents and it’s obvious why the honor is named after Bear Bryant.”

For the second time in its history, sports aficionados who were unable to attend the Bryant Awards had the opportunity to watch the ceremony live on FOX College Sports. In case you missed it, catch the special airing on Sun., Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. CST on FOX Sports Southwest.

Funds raised from the Bryant Awards benefit American Heart Association research, advocacy and educational programs across the country aimed at the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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.

For a recap of the fun, be sure to check out www.bryantawards.com and join the conversation by following #bryantawards and facebook.com/bryantawards.

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 www.heart.org 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 2016 of 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent in North America, Europe and Africa. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.
MEDIA CONTACTS:

Hayden Rome
hayden@dpwpr.com
Allison Wright
allison@dpwpr.com
Jamie Sava
jamie@dpwpr.com
Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations
(713) 224-9115