Sept. 25, 2013
CONWAY - After leading Coastal to its first 4-0 start in the program's history and a No. 11 ranking in the FCS Coaches poll, the team's highest ranking since 2006, head coach Joe Moglia has been nominated for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award.
Besides earning the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year trophy, Moglia also has an opportunity to win $50,000 on behalf of Liberty Mutual to support the charities of his choice and $20,000 to award to the Coastal Carolina Alumni Association for academic scholarships.
Kicking off its eighth season, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is the only college football award that supports both charity and scholarship through its winners. It honors one coach in each NCAA division who best exemplifies sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence on and off the field. Moglia was one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year award last season.
Now through December 3, fans can visit CoachoftheYear.com to cast their vote for their favorite coach in each of the four divisions. Additionally, fans can also vote for the first time on Facebook at Facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear, where they also are encouraged to rally support for their coach through their social community. Winning coaches will be announced January 6, 2014, prior to the national championship game. "The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award stands for something unique, as it is not just about coaches' on-field success, but also their strong character and commitment to their student-athletes and communities," said Archie Manning, Chairman of the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame. "I am very proud to recognize, with Liberty Mutual Insurance and the National Football Foundation, some of the best leaders in the game today and welcome fans to do the same by casting their votes at CoachoftheYear.com and on Facebook."
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award celebrates college football coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III for their successful seasons, student-athletes' performance in the classroom, and charitable and civic support in their communities. Each winner receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance to support the charity or charities of their choice, and $20,000 to award to their school's alumni association to promote scholarship. Since 2006, Liberty Mutual Insurance has awarded more than $1.8 million to over 100 charities and colleges across the country as part of its annual Coach of the Year Award.
This year's recipients will join a fraternity of college coaches who have supported their players to achieve excellence both on and off the field. Most recently, the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winners were Brian Kelly, Notre Dame (FBS); Willie Fritz, Sam Houston State (FCS); Peter Rossomando, University of New Haven (Division II); and Glenn Caruso, University of St. Thomas (Division III).
"Each of our Coach of the Year winners represent a model for success on the field, high performance in the classroom by their student-athletes, and the importance of charitable and civic support in their communities," said James MacPhee, senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance. "Liberty Mutual Insurance is proud to support the coaching leaders that help enrich the lives of their student-athletes as well as the charities and organizations they assist through their commitment to the communities they live in."
Coach of the Year Voting Schedule
The 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year voting and selection process involves fans, College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, and college football media with key dates for all fans to show their support:
September 25 - December 3 - Fans can visit CoachoftheYear.com or the Coach of the Year Facebook page to cast their vote. Fans can also join the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year community on Facebook to experience a wide variety of video and editorial content featuring college football coaches from each of the four divisions.
December 10 - Finalists are announced in conjunction with the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Class of 2014 induction in New York City.
December 10 - December 22 - Fans can vote for the 2013 finalist of their choice by visiting CoachoftheYear.com or voting on the Coach of the Year Facebook page. Votes are also cast by two select panels - one representing the College Football Hall of Fame and one comprised of select members of the media. Winners are ultimately determined using the following voting weight: Fans 20%, College Football Hall of Fame 55% and Media 25%.
January 6 - The 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winners are announced in advance of the national championship game in California.
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About the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award presented by Fidelity Investments, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Bowl, the William V. Campbell Trophy endowed by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. For more information, please visitwww.footballfoundation.org.