The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards, presented by ProGrass, are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches and staff members in college football. Finalists were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors and other athletic department personnel. The winner will be chosen by the previous winners of this award and will be announced in January. 

The 2013 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year will be recognized and will receive their awards at an event held in their honor at the American Football Coaches Association’s annual convention in January. 

This is the inaugural year of the FootballScoop Director of Player Personnel of the Year award. 

Robbie Liles Director of Player Personnel of the Year Finalist



One of the youngest members of Steve Spurrier’s staff, Liles is also perhaps the smartest and hardest working Gamecock staff member. 

“Robbie is the best I’ve ever been around. He’s very focused and demands that things be done the right way. He’s great with people and a great communicator, I can’t say enough good things about him,” a South Carolina staff member told FootballScoop. “He would be the guy this program could not afford to lose.”

A South Carolina graduate, Liles has been with the Gamecocks’ football program for 13 years and has risen his way from recruiting graduate assistant to director of high school relations to, finally, director of recruiting operations in the spring of 2013. 







Mark Pantoni Director of Player Personnel of the Year Finalist







Ever heard of the term Swaggernaut? That’s the all-encompassing motto Ohio State has developed to reclaim its spot among the nation’s elite under Urban Meyer. Credit Pantoni with making that term ubiquitous.


“Mark relates to players and recruits better than anyone I’ve ever seen in this profession,” one coach told FootballScoop in nominating Pantoni. A long-time Meyer lieutenant, Pantoni has consistently delivered tremendous recruiting classes. 

“I’ve never seen anybody as talented as Mark Pantoni,” an Ohio State staff member told FootballScoop. 

Pantoni holds two degrees from Florida and has served as Ohio State’s director of player personnel for two years. 






Tyler Siskey Director of Player Personnel of the Year Finalist






Recruiting is a results-oriented business, and Tyler Siskey owns a master’s degree in results. In moving from Arkansas State to Ole Miss to Alabama, Siskey knows the lay of the land in the South – by far the most important recruiting territory in the nation – as well as anyone in college football.

An opposing personnel man told FootballScoop, “The one guy you don’t want to hear you are up against is Siskey.”

Equally important, Siskey possesses the unique ability to identify and deliver the right type of player for his institution. 







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