Dec. 8, 2010
AUBURN -- Auburn football head coach Gene Chizik has earned the 2010 Home Depot Coach of the Year Award after leading the Tigers to a 13-0 record, the Southeastern Conference Championship and the program's first-ever berth in the BCS National Championship Game.
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award will be presented to Chizik as a part of The Home Depot College Football Awards - live on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The awards show will air from Disney's BoardWalk in Orlando, Fla.
"I've very humbled to receive this award," Chizik said. "This is not just an individual award. It is a reflection of the hard work and success of our team, coaches and staff. It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of Auburn University."
In his second season as Auburn's head coach, Chizik has guided Auburn to a 21-5 record the past two seasons including a 6-2 record against teams ranked in the top 25.
"I want to congratulate Coach Chizik on the high honor of being named the Home Depot Coach of the Year," Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "Coach Chizik has done a spectacular job in a short period of time at Auburn. Leading us to a 13-0 record just two seasons after being named head coach is a remarkable accomplishment, but we are most proud of Coach Chizik for the character and integrity with which he represents Auburn University and the outstanding role model that he is for our student-athletes. This award is also a tribute to a sensational team of outstanding young men and a phenomenal group of assistant coaches. It is a credit to them all and to Auburn."
Chizik has been a part of two record-setting Auburn teams. The Tigers' 13 wins this season ties the school record for victories in a season which is shared with the 2004 team that went 13-0, won the SEC championship and finished No. 2 in the final BCS standings. Chizik was Auburn's defensive coordinator in 2004 and earned the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach that season.
After leading Auburn to an 8-5 record and victory over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl last season, Chizik has guided the Tigers to 14 consecutive wins and a current No. 1 ranking in the BCS standings, the Associated Press poll and the Harris Interactive Poll.
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.
A native of Clearwater, Fla., Chizik will lead Auburn to Glendale, Ariz., and the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against No. 2 Oregon on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.