AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AND MARATHON OIL CORPORATION ANNOUNCE WATCH LIST FOR COVETED PAUL “BEAR” BRYANT COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
HOUSTON (Oct. 24, 2014) – American Heart Association and The Paul Bear Bryant Awards’ Title Sponsor Marathon Oil Corporation today announced the watch list for the coveted Coach of the Year Award, which will be revealed at the 29th annual event on Jan. 14, 2015 in Houston. The coaches on the watch list for the 2014 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award include (alphabetical order):
- Art Briles, Baylor University
- Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
- Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
- Hugh Freeze, University of Mississippi
- Todd Graham, Arizona State
- Mark Helfrich, University of Oregon
- Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia University
- Doc Holliday, Marshall University
- Brian Kelly, University of Notre Dame
- Gus Malzahn, Auburn University
- Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina University
- Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
- Gary Patterson, Texas Christian University
- Bo Pelini, University of Nebraska
- Mark Richt, University of Georgia
- Rich Rodriguez, University of Arizona
- Nick Saban, University of Alabama
- Bill Snyder, Kansas State University
- Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma
- Kyle Whittingham, University of Utah
In December, a finalists’ list comprised of five to 10 coaches will be announced. Finalists will attend an awards dinner on Jan. 14, 2015 at the Hilton Americas Houston, where the winner will be announced live. The Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor voted on after all of the bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Last year’s winner was Gus Malzahn of Auburn University.
January’s event will also recognize Jimmy Johnson, one of the most respected and accomplished football coaches in NCAA and NFL history, as the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Recipient. 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. Among the past recipients of the award are R.C. Slocum (2014), LaVell Edwards (2013) and Hayden Fry (2012).
The Bryant Awards honor excellence in coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. Bryant himself suffered a heart attack prior to his death in 1983. Funds raised benefit research, community education and outreach programs of the AHA. For more information, or to purchase tickets or a table for the event, contact Jimmy Comerota at 713-610-5026 or visit www.bryantawards.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @ahahouston and #bryantawards.
About American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.
About Marathon Oil Corporation
Marathon Oil Corporation is an international exploration and production company. Based in Houston, Texas, the Company had net proved reserves at the end of 2012 of 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent in North America, Europe and Africa. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at http://www.marathonoil.com.