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Freeze Named Semifinalist for Coach of the Year Award

December 23, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Head Coach Hugh Freeze’s efforts to lead the Flames during the program’s best season continues to draw national attention.

Liberty Head Coach Hugh Freeze's efforts to lead the Flames during the program's best season continues to draw national attention.

George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award

Liberty Head Coach Hugh Freeze's efforts to lead the Flames during the program's best season continues to draw national attention.

Today, the second-year head coach was individually honored when he was one of 12 semifinalists named for the 2020 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

Freeze had led Liberty to a season of "firsts", including the first-ever national ranking, first win over an ACC opponent and the best start in school history (8-0 to start 2020).

Under Freeze's leadership, Liberty defeated a pair of ACC foes in Syracuse and in-state opponent Virginia Tech en route to a 9-1 regular season record. The two wins makes Liberty the first non-Power 5 team to post a pair of wins over Power 5 schools in the same season since Houston in 2015.

Liberty has been ranked in the top 25 national polls seven out of the last eight weeks and is currently ranked No. 23 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Poll.    

Maxwell Football Club Executive Director Mark Wolpert announced the 2020 semifinalists for the George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, earlier today. The award, which honors to the best head coach in college football, is presented yearly by the Maxwell Football Club.

The George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award is named after former University of Pennsylvania coach George Munger. His devotion to ethics in athletics, and his commitment to education is the standard for which all college coaches should strive. The George Munger Award was founded in 1989.

The list includes a field of 12 candidates for the award who have been selected by the MFC National Selection Committee.

Semifinalist voting for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year award will begin on Thursday Dec. 24th and close on Sunday, January 2nd.

The finalist round will include the top three coaches as selected in the semifinalist round. Finalist voting will open Jan. 3rd and run until January 12th. The winner will be announced Jan. 15th.

Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. Ed Orgeron of LSU was the 2019 winner of the award.

2020 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Semifinalists
Tom Allen, Indiana
Brent Brennan, San Jose State
Matt Campbell, Iowa State
Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina
Ryan Day, Ohio State
Luke Fickell, Cincinnati
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
Hugh Freeze, Liberty
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Nick Saban, Alabama
Kalani Sitake, BYU
Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Next Up for the Flames:

The Flames will look to cap off their best season in program history with a win over No. 9/11 Coastal Carolina in the 2020 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26.

The 2020 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Coastal Carolina is currently 11-0 on the season and is one of five remaining undefeated teams in the country.

The Chanticleers, who posted an 8-0 record in Sun Belt play this season, were scheduled to face off against Louisiana in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game, last Saturday, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Coastal Carolina program.

Liberty and Coastal Carolina, former Big South rivals, were scheduled to face each other during Liberty's regular season finale on Dec. 5 at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. however, the contest was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Liberty Football program.

Liberty finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and is currently ranked No. 23 in the final regular season Associated Press and Amway Coaches national top-25 polls.

Last year, Liberty captured its first-ever bowl victory with a 23-16 win over Georgia Southern in the RBC Mortgage Cure Bowl on Dec. 21 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

With the win over Georgia Southern in last year's Cure Bowl, Liberty became the third team in NCAA history to win a bowl game during their first full season at the FBS level. Liberty finished the 2019 season with an 8-5 overall record.