AFCA Tabs Patterson National Coach Of The Year
Jan. 12, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. - The American Football Coaches Association capped its 2010 convention in Orlando by presenting its top coaching award -- AFCA Coach of the Year -- to TCU's Gary Patterson.
Patterson was selected by a vote of the active AFCA members (coaches at four-year schools) in the Association's five divisions. The AFCA has named a Coach of the Year since 1935. The AFCA Coach of the Year award is the only one chosen exclusively by the coaches themselves.
Patterson guided the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record, No. 6 national ranking and their first BCS appearance. TCU, with just 13 seniors on the roster and only six in the starting lineup, posted three wins over teams ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25: No. 12 BYU, No. 18 Utah and No. 24 Clemson.
It's the ninth national coaching honor for Patterson this season.
Patterson was also named National Coach of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press and Sporting News while also receiving the Bobby Dodd Award, Eddie Robinson Award, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, George Munger Award and Woody Hayes Award.
The No. 6 ranking in season-ending polls by the Associated Press and USA Today gave the Horned Frogs their second straight top-10 finish and third in the last five years. TCU had its highest season-ending ranking since 1955, when it was also sixth, and has posted back-to-back top-10 appearances in final polls for the first time since the 1958-59 campaigns. The Horned Frogs finished seventh last season.
In 2009, TCU posted just the second 12-win season in its history, matched only by its 1935 national championship team which also went 12-1. The Horned Frogs had their first undefeated regular season since their 1938 national championship campaign.
Despite losing seven starters to graduation, including three to the NFL, off last year's No. 1 defense, the Horned Frogs again led the nation by allowing just 239.7 yards per game. It was the fourth time in 10 seasons that TCU ranked first in total defense.
TCU and Florida were the only schools in 2009 to rank in the top 10 nationally in total offense and defense. The Horned Frogs were seventh offensively at 456.7 yards per game.