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The Broyles Award is an annual award given to honor the best assistant coach in college football. First awarded in 1996, it was named after former University of Arkansas men's athletic director Frank Broyles.[1] The award is presented in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Downtown Rotary Club. To date 18 of the 23 winners have gone on to become head football coaches.

Broyles Award
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Given forAward given to honor the best assistant coach in college football
LocationLittle Rock, Arkansas
CountryUnited States
Presented by1,500 assistant coaches representing all 128 Division I FBS programs
First award1996
Most recentMike Locksley, Alabama


Every year, 1,500 assistant coaches representing all 117 Division One college football programs vote on their peers in the world of college football, and the five Broyles Award finalists are chosen by the tally of these ballots. Each head coach can nominate one assistant coach from his staff. All nominations are reviewed by a selection committee composed of some of college football's former head coaches. The five finalists meet in Little Rock, Arkansas, where each is presented with a $1,000 check, as well as a set of golf clubs and personalized golf bag. The winner receives $2,500, a watch, the Broyles Award Jacket custom-made by Tom James, as well as the trophy, valued at around $5,000.


The Broyles Award Trophy, made out of solid bronze, depicts Broyles (kneeling) and longtime University of Arkansas assistant coach Wilson Matthews (standing), watching over a Razorbacks football game or practice. Matthews was the coach of Little Rock Central High School before joining Broyles on the Razorbacks' staff.

Selection committee membersEdit

The selection committee for the Frank Broyles Award includes many respected coaches from around the nation. The list of current committee members is as follows:



Note: The award year indicates the season it was earned.

Denotes assistant coach who have become head football coaches
Year Coach School Notes
1996 Mickey Andrews Florida State Current special assistant at Florida State, former head coach at Livingston University
1997 Jim Herrmann Michigan
1998 David Cutcliffe Tennessee Current head coach at Duke, former head coach at Ole Miss
1999 Ralph Friedgen Georgia Tech Former head coach at Maryland
2000 Mark Mangino Oklahoma Former head coach at Kansas
2001 Randy Shannon Miami (FL) Current defensive coordinator at UCF, former head coach at Miami (FL), former interim head coach at Florida
2002 Norm Chow Southern California Former head coach at Hawaii
2003 Brian VanGorder Georgia
2004 Gene Chizik Auburn Former head coach at Auburn
2005 Greg Davis Texas
2006 Bud Foster Virginia Tech Current associate head coach, linebackers coach, and defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech
2007 Jim Heacock Ohio State Former head coach at Illinois State
2008 Kevin Wilson Oklahoma Current offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Ohio State, former head coach at Indiana
2009 Kirby Smart Alabama Current head coach at Georgia
2010 Gus Malzahn Auburn Current head coach at Auburn
2011 John Chavis LSU
2012 Bob Diaco Notre Dame Current defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech, former head coach at Connecticut
2013 Pat Narduzzi Michigan State Current head coach at Pittsburgh
2014 Tom Herman Ohio State Current head coach at Texas
2015 Lincoln Riley Oklahoma Current head coach at Oklahoma
2016 Brent Venables Clemson
2017 Tony Elliott Clemson
2018 Mike Locksley Alabama Current head coach at Maryland, former head coach at New Mexico, former interim head coach at Maryland

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Broyles had no authority over Arkansas women's athletics. The school had a completely separate women's athletics department during Broyles' tenure.
  2. ^ "Selection Committee – Broyles Award". Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2018.

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