BOSTON — Liberty Mutual Insurance named Georgia Southern head football coach Jeff Monken one of five FCS finalists for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
Monken has led the Eagles to the FCS semifinals the last two seasons.
The award is the premier college football-coaching honor that promotes charity and scholarship while also honoring coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off the field.
The five FCS finalists were determined as a result of fan voting through CoachOfTheYear.com and Twitter from Sept. 12 through Dec. 1, and evaluated through an objective scoring model endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame.
Coach Monken joins a class of five FCS finalists for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award including Rob Ash, Montana State; Willie Fritz, Sam Houston State; Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina; and Danny Rocco, Richmond.
From now through Dec. 20, Eagle fans can log their vote by visiting coachoftheyear.com on their PC, tablet or mobile device and posting a pre-populated tweet. Winners are ultimately determined by using the following voting weight: Fans 20 percent, College Football Hall of Fame 55 percent, and Media 25 percent.
Liberty Mutual will announce the four winners the morning of the BCS Championship game on Jan. 7 in South Florida.
The FCS coaching winner will receive a $50,000 donation from Liberty Mutual to the charity or charities of his choice, as well as a $20,000 scholarship grant in his name to their school’s alumni association.