Paul "Bear" Bryant Award

Paul "Bear" Bryant Award

Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Awarded for NCAA college football's national coach of the year
Country United States
Presented by National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
First awarded 1986
Currently held by Gary Patterson, TCU
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 AFCA Coach of the Year 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.

Unlike many college football head coaching awards, it is presented after each season's bowl games.


  • Winners 1
  • Winners by school 2
  • Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award winners 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Year Winner[3] School
1986 Paterno, JoeJoe Paterno Penn State
1987 MacPherson, DickDick MacPherson Syracuse
1988 Holtz, LouLou Holtz Notre Dame
1989 McCartney, BillBill McCartney Colorado
1990 Ross, BobbyBobby Ross Georgia Tech
1991 James, DonDon James Washington
1992 Stallings, GeneGene Stallings Alabama
1993 Bowden, TerryTerry Bowden Auburn
1994 Brooks, RichRich Brooks Oregon
1995 Barnett, GaryGary Barnett Northwestern
1996 Snyder, BruceBruce Snyder Arizona State
1997 Carr, LloydLloyd Carr Michigan
1998 Snyder, BillBill Snyder Kansas State
1999 Beamer, FrankFrank Beamer Virginia Tech
2000 Stoops, BobBob Stoops Oklahoma
2001 Coker, LarryLarry Coker Miami (FL)
2002 Tressel, JimJim Tressel Ohio State
2003 Saban, NickNick Saban LSU
2004 Tuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville Auburn
2005 Brown, MackMack Brown Texas
2006 Petersen, ChrisChris Petersen Boise State
2007 Mangino, MarkMark Mangino Kansas
2008 Whittingham, KyleKyle Whittingham Utah
2009 Petersen, ChrisChris Petersen Boise State
2010 Chizik, GeneGene Chizik Auburn
2011 Gundy, MikeMike Gundy Oklahoma State
2012 O'Brien, BillBill O'Brien Penn State
2013 Malzahn, GusGus Malzahn Auburn
2014 Patterson, GaryGary Patterson TCU

Winners by school

School Awards
Auburn 4
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

2000Darrell Royal
2001Charles McClendon
2002Bill Yeoman
2003Frank Broyles
2004Gene Stallings
2005Lou Holtz
2006Jack Pardee
2007Bo Schembechler
2008Tom Osborne
2009Barry Switzer
2010Vince Dooley
2011Bobby Bowden
2012Hayden Fry
2013LaVell Edwards
2014R. C. Slocum
2015Jimmy Johnson

See also


  1. ^ Barra, Allen (2005). The Last Coach: The Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant. W.W. Norton & Company. p. 517. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Awards". Retrieved December 12, 2012. 

External links

  • Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Awards