It was only fitting that the Big Ten Men's Team of the Year was headed by the Big Ten Men's Coach of the Year as Cael Sanderson won the honor over Ohio State basketball head coach Thad Matta Purdue basketball head coach Matt Painter. Sanderson ranked coaching a national championship squad "right up there, if not at the top" with the flurry of achievements he has had over his amazing wrestling career.
The Nittany Lion's volleyball team was named Big Ten Women's Team of the Year after grabbing their fourth consecutive National Title and eighth consecutive Big Ten title this past year. This is the second consecutive year the PSU volleyball squad has won this honor. PSU beat out Northwestern lacrosse and Wisconsin ice hockey for the award.
Lady Lion head coach Conquese Washington was also nominated for the Women's Coach of the Year, which Wisconsin ice hockey head coach Mark Johnson walked away with.
In it's four year history Penn State has won several Big Ten Network Awards, including the 2009 Men's Coach of the Year by Joe Paterno and the 2009 and 2010 Women's Coach of the Year by Russ Rose.