NEW HAVEN, CT – Gary Patterson, head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs, has been named the Walter Camp 2014 Coach of the Year. The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is selected by the nation’s 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. Patterson, who also won the award in 2009, joins Joe Paterno (Penn State: 1972, 1994 and 2005) and Bob Stoops (Oklahoma: 2000 and 2003) as multiple winners of the Walter Camp Coach of the Year honor.
Under Patterson’s direction, the Horned Frogs (11-1) captured their first Big 12 championship in just their third season in the conference. TCU was picked seventh in the preseason Big 12 poll after winning just four games in 2013. TCU (11-1) will meet Ole Miss (9-3) on Dec. 31 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
Hired in 2000, Patterson is TCU’s all-time winningest coach with 131 victories. Under Patterson’s tutelage, TCU has now won six conference championships in three different leagues during his 14 seasons as head coach. Patterson has led TCU to the 11-win mark for the eighth time in the last 12 seasons. His .744 winning percentage (131-45) ranked fourth among active coaches nationally. He is one of just five active coaches with at least 100 victories at their current school.
A native of Rozel, KS, Patterson graduated from Kansas State in 1981, and played safety for the Wildcats. He had served as an assistant coach at Kansas State, Tennessee Tech, UC Davis, Cal Lutheran, Pittsburg State, Sonoma State, Utah State, Navy and New Mexico before joining the TCU staff as its defensive coordinator in 1998.
Coach Patterson, along with members of the 2014 Walter Camp All-America team and Player of the Year Marcus Mariota (Oregon), will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet, presented by First Niagara Bank, on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
In addition, the Foundation will recognize three individuals – broadcasting legend Verne Lundquist (Distinguished American), former Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steeler standout running back Jerome Bettis (Man of the Year) and former Air Force All-American and Dallas Cowboy Chad Hennings (Alumnus of the Year) – with major awards.
The Foundation is offering a “Holiday Ticket Promotion” for the National Awards Dinner. Buy two tickets for $450 (you save $150) before December 31. Please call (203) 288-CAMP (288-2267) for more information.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
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Walter Camp Coaches of the Year
2014 – Gary Patterson, TCU
2013 – David Cutcliffe, Duke
2012 – Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
2011 – Les Miles, LSU
2010 – Chip Kelly, Oregon
2009 – Gary Patterson, TCU
2008 – Nick Saban, Alabama
2007 – Mark Mangino, Kansas
2006 – Greg Schiano, Rutgers
2005 – Joe Paterno, Penn State
2004 – Tommy Tuberville, Auburn
2003 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
2002 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
2001 – Ralph Friedgen, Maryland
2000 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
1999 – Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
1998 – Bill Synder, Kansas State
1997 – Lloyd Carr, Michigan
1996 – Bruce Snyder, Arizona State
1995 – Gary Barnett, Northwestern
1994 – Joe Paterno, Penn State
1993 – Terry Bowden, Auburn
1992 – Gene Stallings, Alabama
1991 – Bobby Bowden, Florida State
1990 – Bobby Ross, Georgia Tech
1989 – Bill McCartney, Colorado
1988 – Don Nehlen, West Virginia
1987 – Dick MacPherson, Syracuse
1986 – Jimmy Johnson, Miami
1985 – Fisher DeBerry, Air Force
1984 – Joe Morrison, South Carolina
1983 – Mike White, Illinois
1982 – Jerry Stovall, Louisiana State
1981 – Jackie Sherrill, Pittsburgh
1980 – Vince Dooley, Georgia
1979 – John Mackovic, Wake Forest
1978 – Warren Powers, Missouri
1977 – Lou Holtz, Arkansas
1976 – Frank R. Burns, Rutgers
1975 – Frank Kush, Arizona State
1974 – Barry Switzer, Oklahoma
1973 – Johnny Majors, Pittsburgh
1972 – Joe Paterno, Penn State
1971 – Bob Devaney, Nebraska
1970 – Bob Blackman, Dartmouth
1969 – Bo Schembechler, Michigan
1968 – Woody Hayes, Ohio State
1967 – John Pont, Indiana