Brian Kelly Looks to Defend his Coach of the Year Award

Jonathan Daniel

Brian Kelly was the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year and you can vote for the Notre Dame head man this year and allow Kelly to give $50,000 to the charity of his choice.

Brian Kelly won many coaching awards following the 2012 regular season and one of those prestigious awards was the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. Liberty Mutual has been dedicated to scholarship and charity for eight years now in presenting this award.

Here are some more details on the award:

Each Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year winner receives $50,000 to support the charity or charities of his choice, and $20,000 is awarded to his school's alumni association to promote scholarship. Since 2006, more than $1.8 million has been distributed to over 100 charities and colleges across the country through the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award program.

Now through December 3, fans can visit CoachoftheYear.com or the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Facebook page to cast their vote for the coach in each NCAA division they feel is deserving of this honor.

Following the close of fan voting on December 3, the top 15 coaches with the most fan votes in each of the four college football divisions - FBS, FCS, Division II, and Division III - advance to an evaluation process to determine the finalists. This process utilizes an objective scoring model endorsed by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame to measure coaching excellence, sportsmanship, integrity, academic success and community commitment.

10 FBS finalists and 5 each in FCS, Division II and Division III will be announcedDecember 10 in conjunction with the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Class of 2013 induction in New York City. Voting will reopen that day for fans, who also will be joined in casting votes by College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, and members of the national college football media in determining this season's winners. The 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winners will be announced Monday, January 6, 2014, in California, in advance of the BCS championship game.

So far in 2013 Notre Dame has suffered a couple of painful losses but Brian Kelly has shown his credentials in several areas this season.

The pass blocking has been some of the finest in school history this season, even more so with an immobile quarterback.

Coming into the season with an unproven running back corps it was important to protect the football and not drop it on the turf. So far this season Notre Dame has been very fundamentally sound in the fumbles lost department.

A major selling point for Brian Kelly has been instilling mental toughness into his players. They've consistently battled back from setbacks in wins over Michigan State and Arizona State most recently.

Brian Kelly and his staff has also successfully navigated an incredibly tumultuous off-season which counts for something.

Let's not forget the work that the Irish coach has done with his Kelly Cares Foundation which has contributed over $1 million over the past 3 and a half years. The foundation was also responsible for the Green Out against Oklahoma a few weeks back and has done a lot of great stuff in South Bend.

Stop by the Liberty Mutual website and place a vote for their Coach of the Year.

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