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Broyles Award
Awarded forAward given to honor the best assistant coach in college football
LocationLittle Rock, Arkansas
CountryUnited States
Presented by1,500 assistant coaches representing all 130 Division I FBS programs
First award1996
Most recentJosh Gattis, Michigan

The Broyles Award is an annual award given to honor the best assistant coach in college football. First awarded in 1996, it was named after former University of Arkansas men's athletic director Frank Broyles.[1] The award is presented in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Downtown Rotary Club. To date 18 of the 23 winners have gone on to become head football coaches.


Every year, roughly 1,300 assistant coaches representing all 130 FBS programs are eligible for nomination by their peers as well as a Selection Committee composed of former head coaches. The nominees are narrowed down to just five finalists, all of whom are invited to Little Rock, Arkansas for the annual Broyles Award ceremony. The success of the five finalists is celebrated over a two-day period, which culminates in the award ceremony. Finalists receive gifts from event sponsors and a Broyles Award finalist plaque, while the winner receives the bronze-cast trophy, valued at $5,000.


The Broyles Award Trophy, made out of solid bronze, depicts Broyles (kneeling) and longtime University of Arkansas assistant coach Wilson Matthews (standing), watching over a Razorbacks football game or practice. Matthews was the coach of Little Rock Central High School before joining Broyles on the Razorbacks' staff.

Selection committee members

The selection committee for the Frank Broyles Award includes many respected coaches from around the nation. The list of current committee members is as follows:[2]

Broadcast Selection Committee Members

The list of current Broadcast Selection Committee Members is as follows:



Note: The award year indicates the season it was earned.

Denotes assistant coach who have been or became head football coaches
Year Coach School Notes
1996 Mickey Andrews Florida State Current special assistant at Florida State, former head coach at Livingston University
1997 Jim Herrmann Michigan Most recently defensive coordinator of the XFL's New York Guardians
1998 David Cutcliffe Tennessee Former head coach at Duke, former head coach at Ole Miss
1999 Ralph Friedgen Georgia Tech Former head coach at Maryland
2000 Mark Mangino Oklahoma Former head coach at Kansas
2001 Randy Shannon Miami (FL) Current co-defensive coordinator of Florida State, Former defensive coordinator at UCF, former head coach at Miami (FL), former interim head coach at Florida
2002 Norm Chow Southern California Most recently offensive coordinator of the XFL's Los Angeles Wildcats, former head coach at Hawaii
2003 Brian VanGorder Georgia Former head coach at Georgia Southern
2004 Gene Chizik Auburn Former head coach at Iowa State and Auburn
2005 Greg Davis Texas Former head coach at Tulane
2006 Bud Foster Virginia Tech Former associate head coach, linebackers coach, and defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech
2007 Jim Heacock Ohio State Former head coach at Illinois State
2008 Kevin Wilson Oklahoma Current offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Ohio State, former head coach at Indiana
2009 Kirby Smart Alabama Current head coach at Georgia
2010 Gus Malzahn Auburn Current head coach at UCF and former head coach at Auburn
2011 John Chavis LSU Former defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Arkansas; former defensive coordinator at Tennessee and Texas A&M
2012 Bob Diaco Notre Dame Former head coach at Connecticut
2013 Pat Narduzzi Michigan State Current head coach at Pittsburgh
2014 Tom Herman Ohio State Current head coach at Florida Atlantic, former head coach at Houston and Texas
2015 Lincoln Riley Oklahoma Current head coach at USC
2016 Brent Venables Clemson Current head coach at Oklahoma
2017 Tony Elliott Clemson Current head coach at Virginia
2018 Mike Locksley Alabama Current head coach at Maryland, former head coach at New Mexico, former interim head coach at Maryland
2019 Joe Brady LSU Former offensive coordinator of the NFL's Carolina Panthers
2020 Steve Sarkisian Alabama Current head coach at Texas, former head coach at Washington and USC, former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama
2021 Josh Gattis Michigan Current offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Miami
2022 Garrett Riley TCU Brother of Lincoln Riley, former Broyles Award Winner and Head Coach ofUSC


  1. ^ Broyles had no authority over Arkansas women's athletics. The school had a completely separate women's athletics department during Broyles' tenure.
  2. ^ "Selection Committee – Broyles Award". Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Selection Committee – Broyles Award". Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2018.

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