Today, Liberty Mutual Insurance recognizes University of Minnesota Duluth Head Football Coach Bob Nielson as one of five D-II finalists for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, the premier college football-coaching honor that promotes charity and scholarship while also honoring coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off the field.
Voting among the top five finalists begins today through December 20. The Coach of the Year winners are ultimately determined using the following voting weight: Fans 20%, College Football Hall of Fame 55%, and Media 25%. This makes fan voting very important! UMD Bulldog fans can log their Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year vote for Coach Nielson by visiting coachoftheyear.com on their PC, tablet or mobile device and posting a pre-populated tweet. To make casting your vote even easier, check out the UMD Alumni Associations Twitter feed and retweet our vote!
Coach Nielson was determined as a top five finalist as a result of fan voting through CoachOfTheYear.com and Twitter from September 12 through December 1, and evaluated through an objective scoring model endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame. To qualify for this model, each coach was among the top 15 in fan votes in Division II. As a coach, Nielson was evaluated against a series of on- and off-field criteria; including wins, team penalties, sportsmanship, academic performance by the student-athletes, and charitable commitments in their communities and beyond.
“We have heard first-hand by UMD fans’ voting that Coach Nielson is a clear example of what it means to be a true leader both on the field and in the community,” said James MacPhee, senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance “We applaud Coach Nielson’s commitment to the values that help shape the players he coaches and sense of service to the community in which he lives and are pleased to celebrate him as one of this year’s finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award in Division II.”
Coach Nielson joins a class of five Division II finalists for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award including, in alphabetical order: Mark Maciejewski, Shippensburg (Pa.); Scott Maxfield, Henderson State (Ark.); Peter Rossomando, New Haven (Conn.); and Jed Stugart, Sioux Falls (S.D.).
Liberty Mutual will announce each divisional winner the morning of the BCS Championship game on January 7, 2013, in South Florida. The Division II coaching winner will receive a $50,000 donation from Liberty Mutual to the charity or charities of his choice, as well as a $20,000 scholarship grant in their name to their school’s alumni association.