The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is selected by the nation’s 129 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. This prestigious award is bestowed upon an individual who has distinguished himself as a great teacher and role model on and off the field.
2018 Coach of the Year ~ Nick Saban, University of Alabama
Nick Saban, head coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, is the Walter Camp 2018 Coach of the Year. The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is selected by the nation’s 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.
It is the second time that Saban has earned the honor (2008). Saban also joins former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings (1992) as the Walter Camp Coach of the Year. In addition, Saban is the 10th coach from the Southeastern Conference to earn the honor.
Under Saban’s direction this season, the Crimson Tide have recorded a 13-0 record, won the SEC title (a come-from-behind 35-28 victory over Georgia on Dec. 1), and will make its fifth straight appearance in the College Football Playoff.
The top-ranked Crimson will play fourth-ranked Oklahoma in 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capitol One Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, December 29.
In addition, six Alabama players were recently honored as Walter Camp All-America selections, including 2018 Walter Camp Player of the Year, sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Entering the College Football Playoff semifinals, the Crimson Tide are averaging 47.9 points per game (good for 2nd in the nation), while allowed just 14.8 (4th in the nation).
In 12 seasons as Alabama’s coach, Saban holds an impressive 145-20 record (.879 winning percentage) and has led the Crimson Tide to five national championships (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017). He is 236-62-1 in 23 years as a college football head coach with stints at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU.
A native of Fairmont, West Virginia, Saban is a 1973 graduate of Kent State University where he earned a B.S. in business. He then earned a master’s degree in sports management from Kent State in 1975. He and his wife Terry have two children and one grandchild.