Oct. 8, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State football fans are invited to vote for second-year head coach Tim DeRuyter for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Coach of the Year Award.
Liberty Mutual Insurance allows fans a daily opportunity to cast their vote for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, the only college football award that supports both charity and scholarship through its winners by celebrating one coach at each college level who best exemplifies responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field.
DeRuyter has led the Bulldogs to a 5-0 start heading into their first bye week of the season. The unblemished start marks the 15th time in school history the Bulldogs have started a season with five-straight wins without a loss and is the first time the 'Dogs have been off to a 5-0 start since 2001. DeRuyter's team is posting 47.4 points per game and 538 yards of offense while the defense has forced 12 turnovers heading into the break.
Fresno State's head football coach has not only been an exemplary leader on the field, but he has become a valued figurehead within the San Joaquin Valley in his time since joining the Bulldog family. DeRuyter openly participates in a number of charity events from the Special Olympics to working with kids clubs to attending events that benefit the Children's Hospital Central California plus many others.
Each of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year winners from four college football divisions - FBS, FCS, Division II, and Division III - receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance to donate to the charity or charities of their choice. In addition, winning coaches earn $20,000 for their school's alumni association to support scholarship. Since 2006, Liberty Mutual Insurance has awarded $1.8 million to more than 100 charities and colleges across the country through its Coach of the Year Award winners.
Now through Dec. 3, fans can visit CoachoftheYear.com to cast their vote for their favorite coach. The top 15 coaches with the most fan votes in each of the four college football divisions advance to an evaluation process to determine the finalists.
Additionally, fans can also vote for the first time on Facebook at Facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear, where they also are encouraged to rally support for their coach through their social community.
Winning coaches will be announced Jan. 6, 2014, prior to the national championship game.
Coach of the Year Voting Schedule
The 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year voting and selection process involves fans, College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, and college football media with key dates for all fans to show their support:
Sept. 25 - Dec. 3 - Fans can visit CoachoftheYear.com or the Coach of the Year Facebook page to cast their vote. Fans can also join the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year community on Facebook to experience a wide variety of video and editorial content featuring college football coaches from each of the four divisions.
Dec. 10 - 10 FBS finalists are announced in conjunction with the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Class of 2014 induction in New York City.
Dec. 10-22 - Fans can vote for the 2013 finalist of their choice by visiting CoachoftheYear.com or voting on the Coach of the Year Facebook page. Votes are also cast by two select panels - one representing the College Football Hall of Fame and one comprised of select members of the media. Winners are ultimately determined using the following voting weight: Fans 20%, College Football Hall of Fame 55% and Media 25%.
Jan. 6 - The 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winners are announced in advance of the national championship game in California.
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