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Gill Named Bobby Ross Coach of the Year

January 22, 2015
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Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill was named the Bobby Ross Coach of the Year during this evening's 52nd annual All-Metro Football Banquet, held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Richmond, Va.

The award was selected by the Touchdown Club of Richmond, honoring the top NCAA Division I football coach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Touchdown Club of Richmond is a sports-social organization, based in Richmond that promotes the best interests of the American game of football.

The Bobby Ross Coach of the Year award is named in honor of Richmond native Bobby Ross. During his 18-year collegiate coaching career, Ross served as the head coach at The Citadel (1973-77), Maryland (1982-86), Georgia Tech (1987-91) and Army (2004-06).

Ross won three ACC titles with Maryland (1983, 1984 and 1985) and guided Georgia Tech to an ACC and national championship in 1990.

Ross also served nine years as an NFL head coach at San Diego (1992-96) and Detroit (1997-2000), spotlighted by a trip to Super Bowl XXIX (Jan. 29, 1995) with the Charges.

In 2014, Gill led the Flames to their third-straight Big South Conference title and the program's first-ever NCAA FCS Playoffs appearance. Liberty upended No. 15 James Madison in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs, advancing to the second round where they faced No. 5 Villanova.

Liberty finished the year ranked No. 17 in the final Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls, its highest year-end ranking since 2008. The Flames defeated three top 25 teams in 2014, including No. 1 Coastal Carolina during the final week of the regular season.

Liberty faced the No. 2 "Toughest Schedule" in the country in 2014, as ranked by NCAA.org. The Flames finished the year with a 9-5 overall record, which is tied for the second most wins in a season in program history.

One of Liberty's nine victories in 2014 was a 55-48 overtime win at Appalachian State, accounting for the program's third win over an FBS school.

During his three seasons at Liberty, Gill has instructed 44 All-Big South players, more than any other conference program during the three-year span.

Earlier this month, Gill was also named the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach in Liberty's football program history to receive the VaSID all-state coaching honor.

Gill is the second coach in Liberty's football program history to be named the Bobby Ross Coach of the Year, joining Morgan Hout. Hout received the award after leading the Flames to an 8-3 record in 1988.