March 8, 2011
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Miami University football team, who became the first team in FBS history to go from double-digit losses to double-digit wins, will be honored with the 2011 Lee Tressel Ohio College Coach of the Year Award by the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
RedHawk Athletics Director BRAD BATES will be presented the award at the at the 23rd Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet on Monday, April 25, at LaCentre Banquet Center in Westlake, Ohio.
It marks the first time in the 22-year history of the Ohio College Coach of the Year Award that a team instead of an individual has been honored. Miami's Terry Hoppner was the recipient in 2004.
Miami finished with an eight-game turnaround, the second best effort in FBS history. The RedHawks completed the 2010 season with a 10-4 record, winning the GoDaddy.com Bowl, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship game and ended the season with a six-game winning streak.
At the GoDaddy.com Bowl, Miami took home the championship trophy with a 35-21 victory over Middle Tennessee. In the MAC Championship game, the RedHawks scored a touchdown with 33 seconds remaining in the game, lifting Miami to a 26-21 upset of No. 25 Northern Illinois. The victory marked only the second time in MAC history that a team had completed a worst-to-first league finish.
Miami's coaching tree includes legendary coaches such as Woody Hayes (Ohio State), Bo Schembechler (Michigan), Ara Parseghian (Notre Dame) and Paul Brown (Cleveland Browns). Over the past 63 years, 19 collegiate and professional coaches with Miami roots have captured national coach of the year honors in their respective professions.
To date, the banquet dais includes Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren, the 2011 Distinguished American Award winner; OSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel (Berea High School), who will be presenting the Lee Tressel Ohio College Coach-of-the-Year Award, named after his father; former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, the Dino Lucarelli Lifetime Achievement Award winner; and sports journalist Dan Couglin, the inaugural Dick Zunt Ohio Sportswriter Award winner.
Those interested in attending the Annual Awards Banquet should contact Erin Dengler or Julie Work at 440-892-4000 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table.