WORCESTER, Mass. - College football fans across the nation now have the chance to help select the winner of the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. From now until Dec. 4, Holy Cross fans can vote for head coach Tom Gilmore at www.CoachoftheYear.com.
Now in its fifth year, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award has donated nearly $1 million to more than 60 charities and scholarship funds on behalf of 13 previous winners. Each winning coach, selected by a combination of online fan voting and a committee of college football media and College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, 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.
Last year, Gilmore was one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs in 2009. He currently owns an overall record of 40-29 during his seven seasons at Holy Cross.
To be eligible for consideration for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, an individual must be a head football coach at an NCAA college or university at any division level. 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.