Finalists for the FootballScoop Coach of the Year award for defense and special teams were announced on Tuesday. Offensive finalists were announced Monday, and divisional finalists will be revealed later in the week.

Created in 2008, the FootballScoop Coach of the Year awards are the only coaching honors where coaches must be nominated by one of their peers in order to receive consideration and where each year’s winner is chosen by the prior winners of that award.

Winners will be announced in the coming weeks, and each victor will be honored at the AFCA convention in January.

We are once again honored to work with AstroTurf in honoring these deserving coaches.


Defensive Coordinator
Jeff Hafley/Greg Mattison, Ohio State
Dan Lanning, Georgia
Morgan Scalley, Utah
Phil Snow, Baylor
2018 winner: Bob Shoop, Mississippi State

Linebackers Coach
Tim DeRuyter/Peter Sirmon, Cal
Joseph Gillespie, Tulsa
Dan Lanning, Georgia
Oliver Soukup, New Mexico State
Glenn Spencer, Florida Atlantic
Scott White, San Jose State
2018 winner: Dave Aranda, LSU

Defensive Line Coach
Larry Johnson, Ohio State
Randall Joyner, SMU
Joey McGuire/Frank Okam, Baylor
Todd Stroud, Miami
Kyle Tatum, UAB
David Turner, Florida
2018 winner: Ron Burton/Chuck Bullough, Michigan State

Secondary Coach
Jeff Hafley/Matt Barnes, Ohio State
Todd Lyght, Notre Dame
Corey Raymond/Bill Busch, LSU
Mike Reed/Mickey Conn, Clemson
Morgan Scalley/Sharieff Shah, Utah
Phil Snow/Evan Cooper, Baylor
2018 winner: Bryan Brown/Greg Gasparato, Appalachian State

Special Teams
Blake Gideon, Houston
Pete Lembo, Memphis
Josh Martin, SMU
2018 winner: Jeff Banks, Alabama


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