Nielson named Coach of the Year finalist

By KBJR News 1

December 9, 2010 Updated Dec 11, 2010 at 1:36 AM CDT

Thanks to UMD fans who voted at www.coachoftheyear.com, Coach Nielson has been named a finalist for the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, which honors college coaches who demonstrate responsibility and excellence on and off the field.

If Coach Nielson wins this award, he will receive $50,000 for his favorite charities and $20,000 for UMD’s alumni association – but he hasn’t won yet. There’s one more step Bulldog fans can take to help Coach Nielson become Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.

Go to www.coachoftheyear.com between December 13 and 28 to again cast votes for Coach Nielson to help him surpass the 4 other finalists.

This is a unique opportunity for the Bulldog Nation to make its voice heard. Unlike other college football awards, fan votes for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year truly count, contributing 20 percent to each coach’s final score. The remaining votes will come from College Football Hall of Fame coaches and players and members of the national college football media.

Once final votes are cast, the four winning coaches – one from each NCAA division – will be announced on January 10 in Glendale, Arizona, in advance of the BCS National Championship Game.

Now is the time to show your Bulldog Pride! Visit www.coachoftheyear.com from December 13 to 28 and cast your vote for Coach Nielson.

Courtesy: UMD Athletics