Saban wins Bowden 'Coach of Year' award

The Over The Mountain Touchdown Club is pleased to announce Nick Saban, Head Football Coach from the University of Alabama, as this year's winner of the prestigious Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of The Year Award.

The Crimson Tide defeated Louisiana State University in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game 21-0.   The win capped off a 12-1 season for Alabama en route to their second BCS Championship in three seasons.

Voting is conducted in part by The National Sports Writers and Sports Broadcasters of America.  Voting for the winner is allowed before or after the BCS National Championship game.  This year's finalists for the award were Nick Saban-Alabama, Les Miles-LSU, Mike Gundy-Oklahoma State, and Kevin Sumlin-Houston.

All four finalists had confirmed their attendance had they won.

Nick Saban is the first ever two time winner, he won in 2009 after his team's win against the University of Texas in the BCS National Championship Game.

In five seasons with Alabama, Coach Saban has compiled a 59-7 record and now sits 152-55-1 overall as a head football college coach.  He has also led Alabama to four straight 10 win seasons, including a    14-0 national championship season in 2009.  Saban is also the first ever coach to win three BCS National Championships.

An awards banquet will be held March 4, 2012 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center for the trophy presentation by Bobby Bowden.

The Bobby Bowden - National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award commemorates Bobby Bowden's legendary coaching career and will annually honor excellence in college football coaching. The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club of Birmingham proudly presents the award as a national symbol of recognition for the college football coach who has excelled on the football field while demonstrating perseverance, attitude, integrity, and determination, attributes that Bowden has exemplified throughout his coaching career and life.