The Joe V. Paterno Award
|College Coach of the Year|
About Frank Beamer:
|Pictured to the Right: Phil Steele and Frank Beamer at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards Dinner which was held Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Harrah’s Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, NJ.|
|About the Maxwell Football Club|
The Maxwell Football Club (originally called the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia) was established in 1935 to promote safety in the game of American football. Named in honor of the late Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, legendary college player, official, and sports columnist, the club was founded by his friend Bert Bell, then owner of the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team and later commissioner of the National Football League.
The Maxwell Football Club presented its first award for the best college football player to Clinton E Frank of Yale in 1937.
In 1959, following the death of its founder Bert Bell, The Maxwell Football Club's Professional Player of the Year Award was instituted and it presented the Bert Bell Trophy. The first winner of the Bell Trophy was Johnny Unitas of the then Baltimore Colts.
In 1989, the Maxwell Football Club introduced a trio of new awards to recognize the men behind the players of the game.
The first new honor was the Earle "Greasy" Neale Award for the Professional Coach of the Year. The inaugural winner was Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Next, the first Reds Bagnell Award for Contributions to the Game of Football was given to longtime NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. Finally, the George Munger Award for the NCAA Division I football coach of the year was awarded to Bo Schembechler of the University of Michigan.
In 1995, the Maxwell Football Club introduced the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the top defensive collegiate football player. The first winner was Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern University.
For 2010, the George Munger Award has been renamed the Joseph V Paterno Award, in honor of the only man to win the award three times.
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|About the Award|
The Joseph V. Paterno Award is given yearly by the Maxwell Football Club to a college football coach in the United States. The award was created “to honor the spirit of Coach Paterno, whose long-time success on the field has been matched only by his impact away from it”.
The award is selected by the 16 person Paterno Award Selection Commitee which is comprised of national media figures and selected retired college coaches and Sports Information Directors.
The Joe V. Paterno Award replaces the George Munger Award, which was presented by the Maxwell football club from 1989 to 2009. The New name is in honor of the only man to win the award three times.
|2010 Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech
2009 Gary Patterson - TCU
2008 Mike Leach - Texas Tech
2007 Mark Mangino - Kansas
2006 Greg Schiano - Rutgers
2005 Joe Paterno - Penn State
2004 Urban Meyer - Utah
2003 Pete Carroll - Southern California
2002 Tyrone Willingham - Notre Dame
2001 Ralph Friedgen - Maryland
2000 Bob Stoops - Oklahoma
| 1999 Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech
1998 Phil Fulmer - Tennessee
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 Don James - Washington
1990 Joe Paterno - Penn State
1989 Bo Schembechler - Michigan