Michigan's Brady Hoke secures coach of the year award on fourth try
Hoke has been named the Collegiate Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club, Michigan announced Monday in a news release. He also was a finalist for the Bear Bryant, Eddie Robinson and Liberty Mutual coach of the year awards, but missed on each of them.
He is the third Wolverines coach to win the award, joining Lloyd Carr in 1996 and Bo Schembechler in 1989. He'll be honored March 2 at the Maxwell Club awards ceremony in Atlantic City, N.J.
Hoke guided the Wolverines to an 11-2 record in his first season as coach. They ended a seven-year losing streak to rival Ohio State and captured their second BCS game victory in the Sugar Bowl.
"Coach Hoke has engineered a tremendous turnaround in the Michigan football program in just one year and it was obvious that his team improved each week," Maxwell Football Club executive director Mark Wolpert said in the release.
"It is quite an accomplishment to compile an 11-2 record playing a rigorous Big Ten schedule in his first year at the helm. Coach Hoke has set the tone for a high degree of future success for the Michigan program."