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Miami Hurricanes Football: HC Mark Richt named Walter Camp National Coach of the Year

A worthy award for the Canes’ HC

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On Tuesday afternoon, Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Mark Richt was named the 2017 Walter Camp National Coach of the Year.

Richt is the 2nd Miami coach to win this award, joining Jimmy Johnson (1986) in receiving this honor.

Here’s more on this from Miami Athletics:

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami head coach Mark Richt has been named the Walter Camp 2017 Coach of the Year, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Tuesday.

The coaching honor is the second in the past week for Richt, who became the first Hurricane to be named ACC Coach of the Year on Tues., Nov. 28.

The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is selected by the nation's 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.

"It is wonderful that the Walter Camp Football Foundation and its voters recognize what we at Miami have known up close for two years - Mark Richt is a phenomenal man and football coach," Director of Athletics Blake James said. "We know that we have a special coach leading our talented staff and incredible young men in our football program, and we are thrilled that Mark has received this prestigious honor."

Richt is the second Miami coach (Jimmy Johnson, 1986) and the third from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the last five years (Dabo Swinney, Clemson, 2015 and David Cutcliffe, Duke, 2013) to earn the Walter Camp Coach of the Year honor.

Under Richt's direction this season, the Hurricanes have tallied a 10-2 record, won their first-ever ACC Coastal Division title that earned them a berth to the league's championship game. Miami's 10 wins this season are the most for the program since 2003 and the Hurricanes' seven league wins were their most since joining the ACC in 2004.

In addition, ten Miami players were recently honored as All-ACC selections and Richt was named the league's Coach of the Year.

The Hurricanes currently hold a No. 10 national ranking in the College Football Playoff poll. Miami will play Wisconsin in the Capitol One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. It will be Miami's first appearance in a New Year's Six game, which began as part of the College Football Playoff in 2014.

In two seasons as Miami coach, Richt holds a 19-6 record and is 164-57 in 17 years as a college football head coach. His .744 winning percentage ranks as the seventh-best among current FBS coaches with at least five years of experience.

Coach Richt, along with the members of the 2017 Walter Camp All-America team and other major award winners (Alumni Award-Eddie George; Man of the Year-Calvin Johnson; Distinguished American-Lee Corso), will be honored at the organization's national awards banquet, presented by David McDermott Lexus of New Haven, on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Yale University's Lanman Center.

Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.

Walter Camp Coaches of the Year

2017 – Mark Richt, Miami

2016 – Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

2015 – Dabo Swinney, Clemson

2014 – Gary Patterson, TCU

2013 – David Cutcliffe, Duke

2012 – Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

2011 – Les Miles, LSU

2010 – Chip Kelly, Oregon

2009 – Gary Patterson, TCU

2008 – Nick Saban, Alabama

2007 – Mark Mangino, Kansas

2006 – Greg Schiano, Rutgers

2005 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

2004 – Tommy Tuberville, Auburn

2003 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

2002 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

2001 – Ralph Friedgen, Maryland

2000 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

1999 – Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

1998 – Bill Synder, Kansas State

1997 – Lloyd Carr, Michigan

1996 – Bruce Snyder, Arizona State

1995 – Gary Barnett, Northwestern

1994 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

1993 – Terry Bowden, Auburn

1992 – Gene Stallings, Alabama

1991 – Bobby Bowden, Florida State

1990 – Bobby Ross, Georgia Tech

1989 – Bill McCartney, Colorado

1988 – Don Nehlen, West Virginia

1987 – Dick MacPherson, Syracuse

1986 – Jimmy Johnson, Miami

1985 – Fisher DeBerry, Air Force

1984 – Joe Morrison, South Carolina

1983 – Mike White, Illinois

1982 – Jerry Stovall, Louisiana State

1981 – Jackie Sherrill, Pittsburgh

1980 – Vince Dooley, Georgia

1979 – John Mackovic, Wake Forest

1978 – Warren Powers, Missouri

1977 – Lou Holtz, Arkansas

1976 – Frank R. Burns, Rutgers

1975 – Frank Kush, Arizona State

1974 – Barry Switzer, Oklahoma

1973 – Johnny Majors, Pittsburgh

1972 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

1971 – Bob Devaney, Nebraska

1970 – Bob Blackman, Dartmouth

1969 – Bo Schembechler, Michigan

1968 – Woody Hayes, Ohio State

1967 – John Pont, Indiana

Congratulations Coach Richt!

Go Canes