The Awards

Awards

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.

Awards Recipients

  • 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

Lifetime Achievement Award

First awarded in 2000, the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the career accomplishments of college’s finest football coaches. The only award of its kind in the college football arena, the award highlights the outstanding achievements and extraordinary contributions which have reflected honor and sportsmanship to the game of football throughout the coach’s career.

  • Criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award Integrity both on and off the field above reproach.
  • Leadership, dedication and example in the development of character, integrity and sportsmanship of young people on and off the football field.
  • Inspiration and instruction in the development of skills of the game and physical fitness in his players.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

  • 2018 – Steve Spurrier
  • 2017 – Barry Alvarez
  • 2016 – Mack Brown
  • 2015 – Jimmy Johnson
  • 2014 – R.C. Slocum
  • 2013 – Lavell Edwards
  • 2012 – Hayden Fry
  • 2011 – Bobby Bowden
  • 2010 – Vince Dooley
  • 2009 – Barry Switzer
  • 2000 – Darrell Royal
  • 2008 – Tom Osborne
  • 2007 – Glenn “Bo” Schembechler
  • 2006 – Jack Pardee
  • 2005 – Lou Holtz
  • 1986 – Gene Stallings
  • 1986 – Frank Broyles
  • 1986 – Bill Yeoman
  • 1986 – Charles McClendon