Dec. 6, 2010
Auburn, Ala. - After leading the Auburn Tigers to a 13-0 record and berth in the BCS National Championship Game, head coach Gene Chizik has been named the American Football Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year, the AFCA announced today.
Chizik, who is in his second year as the Tigers' head coach, has guided Auburn to a 21-5 record in the past two seasons including a 6-2 record against teams ranked in the top 25.
Auburn's 56-17 victory over South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4, was the program's seventh conference title and first since the 2004 season. The Tiger's 13 victories this season ties the school record for wins in a season, also shared with the 2004 team which went 13-0 and finished No. 2 in the final BCS standings. Chizik served as Auburn's defensive coordinator on that 2004 team.
A native of Clearwater, Fla., Chizik has led Auburn to a current No. 1 ranking in the BCS and the program's first-ever appearance in the BCS title game where the Tigers will face No. 2 Oregon on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.
The AFCA recognizes five Regional Coach of the Year winners in each division, Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners are selected by active members of the AFCA who vote for coaches in their respective divisions and regions.
The 2010 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2010 AFCA Convention in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The AFCA National Coach of the Year will be announced at the dinner.