Earlier in the day, Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Briend was named the Maxwell Club Coach of the Year, but now the Associated Press has announced their selection for the leading man in college football and another head coach has earned the honors.
Thanks to an undefeated season and his part in returning the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to glory, the Associated Press has named Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly as the AP Coach of the Year.
It is the third award for Kelly. He was also named the Eddie Robinson and Home Depot Coach of the Year.
Kelly becomes the first Notre Dame head coach to be named AP Coach of the Year as the Fighting Irish attempt to win their first national championship since 1988.
“When you’re talking about the coach of the year, there’s so many things that go into it,” Kelly said. “I know it’s an individual award and it goes to one guy, but the feelings that I get from it is you’re building the right staff, that you’ve got the right players and to me that is a validation of the program. That you put together the right business plan.”
Kelly received first-place votes on 25 ballots. O’Brien came in second, with 14 first-place votes.