CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former UCF head coach and new Nebraska head coach Scott Frost, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and many others were honored during the live broadcast of the American Football Coaches Awards®, presented by Amway, at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Marking the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy’s 31st anniversary, many former championship-winning coaches – including Bob Stoops, Larry Coker, Les Miles and Dabo Swinney – were honored on stage to mark the 31st anniversary of the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy, presented by Amway.
The trophy presentation was among several prestigious awards given during Tuesday’s American Football Coaches Awards. The one-and-a-half hour show was broadcast live on the USA TODAY Sports Facebook page and hosted by Bonnie Bernstein and Rick Neuheisel. Other awards went to former UCF head coach Scott Frost (2017 AFCA FBS Coach of the Year); Brian Bohannon, Kennesaw State (2017 AFCA FCS Coach of the Year); Pete Shinnick, West Florida (2017 AFCA Division II Coach of the Year); Jason Mangone, Brockport (2017 AFCA Division III Coach of the Year); Kevin Donley, Saint Francis (Ind.) (2017 AFCA NAIA Coach of the Year); Matt Campbell (2017 USA TODAY Sports Coach’s Play Call of the Year); Jack Lengyel (2018 AFCA Tuss McLaughry Award); Frank Broyles, posthumously, (2018 AFCA Amos Alonzo Stagg award); Scott Strohmeier, Iowa Western Community College (2017 ACCFCA Coach of the Year) and Allan Trimble, Jenks High School (2017 AFCA Power of Influence Award).
Frost, who took over a UCF team that went 0-12 in 2015, led the Golden Knights to their first-ever undefeated season at 13-0. UCF won the American Athletic Conference title and defeated Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Frost was nominated for the award after earning AFCA FBS Region 1 honors last month. Other regional winners were Kirby Smart, Georgia; Paul Chryst, Wisconsin; Matt Campbell, Iowa State; and Jeff Tedford, Fresno State.
“It means so much when you win an award voted on by your peers,” Frost said. “As I said on stage, there are great coaches from the high school level all the way up to Kirby Smart who was sitting next to me. To have my name next to the list of guys who have won this award before means a great deal to me.”
Pat Fitzgerald, head coach at Northwestern, was honored as the honorary head coach of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Fitzgerald and the 22 student-athletes from all five collegiate divisions who make up this year’s squad were honored during halftime of the Allstate Sugar Bowl last week.
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell was honored with the USA TODAY Sports Coach’s Play Call of the Year. In the Cyclones upset victory over Oklahoma on October 7, the biggest call of the day came when Iowa State scored on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kempt to Marchie Murdock to get within two, 24-22, late in the third quarter. Campbell decided to go for two and the tie. Kempt found Allen Lazard for the two-point conversion. With that, the Cyclones grabbed the momentum and the victory. Campbell beat two play calls from Paul Chryst at Wisconsin in an online vote.
“What a great honor for Iowa State athletics, and really our fan base, to be honored on such a special night here at the AFCA Convention as we continue to lay the foundation of our program,” Campbell said.