Tuberville Named AFCA Coach of the Year

Louisville, Ky.--Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville has been named the American Football Coaches Association 2004 National Coach of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday.

Tommy Tuberville guided the Tigers to their first-ever 13-win season in 2004, leading Auburn to a No. 2 national ranking in both the Associated Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls. In six seasons at the helm of the Auburn program, Tuberville is 51-24 overall, placing him fourth all-time at Auburn for most wins.

Tuberville with his team before the SEC Championship game.

The award is one of four handed out by the AFCA and honors Tuberville at the Division I-A level. The winners of the honors are voted upon by active AFCA members in its four divisions. Tuberville was early named SEC Coach of the Year by a vote of the league coaches.

"This is a great honor to be selected by your peers as the AFCA Coach of the Year," Tuberville said. "This is a reflection of all the hard work our players and staff have put in this year. This is a team award, not an individual award."

Tuberville was previously named the Schutt Sports National Coach of the Year.

Auburn appeared in its fifth-straight bowl game in 2004-05 to cap off the undefeated season, beating Virginia Tech 16-13 in the Nokia Sugar Bowl Jan. 3. It marked Auburn's third-straight victory in postseason play under Tuberville. That ties an Auburn record set from 1982-1984.

Tuberville is 31-17 in Southeastern Conference play since taking over the Tigers in 1999, gaining at least a share of the SEC West crown in four of his six seasons. The Tigers defeated Tennessee 38-28 in the Southeastern Conference Championship Dec. 4 at Atlanta's Georgia Dome, securing their first SEC Championship since 1989.

The AFCA honor is the first for Auburn and Tuberville. The Camden, Ark., native becomes the first Southeastern Conference head coach to be honored by the AFCA since Tennessee's Phil Fulmer in 1998. Southern California's Pete Carroll won the award in 2003.

James Madison's Mickey Matthews (Division I-AA), Valdosta State's Chris Hatcher (Division II) and Linfield's Jay Locey (Division III) were also honored by the AFCA on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the American Football Coaches Association announced that Tuberville has been named to the organization's board of directors.

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