Brown up for Coach of the Year

To college football fans, pride and support for their team is everything – donning team colors; following favorite players as they reach milestones on the field; dedicating countless Saturdays to watching their alma mater do battle.Every season, fans commit time and energy into each game hoping for the win, the same way coaches invest in their players and communities by encouraging sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence. Liberty Mutual Insurance has launched its annual Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, honoring the coaches who give back to their teams, schools and communities, on and off field.

It’s an opportunity for Tennessee Tech fans to get behind their head coach by casting a vote each day for Watson Brown.

Fan votes will help determine the finalists, and ultimately, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year winners. Now through Dec. 4, fans are offered the unique opportunity to help their favorite coaches by voting at www.coachoftheyear.com.

Each winning coach receives $50,000 to donate to the charities of their choice and a $20,000 grant to his school’s alumni association, providing further positive impact on their school and local community.

“Year after year, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes the country’s most influential and impactful coaches with the opportunity to continue their good work beyond just the x’s and o’s,” said Archie Manning, National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame chairperson, a partner in presenting the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.

Following an initial fan-only voting phase, 15 finalists will be selected and then again voted upon using the following weight: College Hall of Fame, 55 percent; media, 25 percent; and fans, 20 percent.

All winners will be announced on Jan. 10 in Scottsdale, Ariz., in advance of college football’s championship game that evening.