Dec. 14, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw has been named one of ten finalists for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award, to be presented on January 19 in Houston, Texas.
Shaw joins Bret Bielema of Wisconsin, Art Briles of Baylor, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, Brady Hoake of Michigan, Les Miles of LSU, Nick Saban of Alabama, Bill Snyder of Kansas State and Kevin Sumlin, formerly of Houston now with Texas A&M and Dabo Swinney of Clemson as finalists for this year's award.
In his first season as Stanford's head coach, Shaw has guided the Cardinal to its second straight 11-1 regular season record and its first back-to-back 10-win seasons in program history. Under his leadership, the Cardinal has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll for a school-record 22 consecutive weeks and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches poll on Nov. 6.
He is just the ninth major college head coach in history to post 11 or more wins in his first season and the first since Chris Peterson (13-0) of Boise State and Bielema (12-1) of Wisconsin accomplished the feat in the 2006 season.
The 26th annual Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards event is slated to take place on Thursday, January 19 in Houston, Texas and will bring together the nation's top performing college coaches and sports enthusiasts to raise funds for heart disease in the name of Paul "Bear" Bryant.
January's event will also recognize former University of Iowa Head Football Coach Hayden Fry, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Paul "Bear" Bryant. Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Barry Switzer, Glenn "Bo" Schembechler, and Bobby Bowden. Bowden will present Fry with the award at the event.