Head Coach Mark Richt named a finalist for 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year
Dec. 6, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. ---- University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt has been named one of 10 FBS finalists for the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
The Bulldogs are 10-3 on the season and won the 2011 SEC Eastern Division. They are preparing to play against the No. 12 ranked Michigan State Spartans in the Outback Bowl scheduled for January 2.
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award recognizes the guidance and leadership that coaches extend beyond the playing field in terms of leaving lasting impressions on the players they mentor and the communities they reach. The 10 finalists were determined by fan voting and through an objective scoring model by the College Football Hall of Fame.
"College Football fans clearly recognize Coach Richt as one of the game's true leaders, and we agree he is an excellent finalist for the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award," said Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual senior vice president. "Each year, we ask fans to vote for the coaches who best exemplify the award's characteristics - sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off the field. Coach Richt does just that, through his success on game days, as well as providing leadership to his student-athletes and commitment to the greater Georgia community."
Fans can vote for Coach Richt by going to www.CoachoftheYear.com between December 6 and December 22. The winner will be announced prior to the BCS Championship game on January 9, 2012. If Coach Richt is named the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year for the FBS, he will receive $50,000 to donate to the charities of his choice and a $20,000 grant to his school's alumni association.