Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football coach Curt Wiese got the chance to celebrate with the community on Monday afternoon, that exactly three weeks after he was named the 2013 Liberty Mutual Division II coach of the year.
Wiese gathered with family, friends, players, coaches, and fans on Monday afternoon at Blackwoods Bar and Grill in Duluth, but he was quick to deflect credit for the award to his guys on the field.
"100 percent of it [is because of them,]" Wiese said. "This award is for them. They're the ones out in our community, engaged in our community, and doing a good job."
Wiese is the second UMD coach to win this particular award, joining his predecessor Bob Nielson. Nielson won the award following the 2010 season, in which the Bulldogs went (15-0) and won the NCAA Division II championship.
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award is designed to recognize the coach who best exemplifies responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and excellence, both on and off field.
For winning the award, Wiese was awarded $50,000 to support a charity of his choice and $20,000 in scholarship funds given to the UMD Alumni Association. The charities Wiese chose were PAVSA, UDAC, the Boys and Girlsl Club of the Northland, Men as Peacemakers, and Peace in Christ Lutheran Church.