The trophy back and forth between David Cutcliffe and Gus Malzahn continues this afternoon, with one of the most prestigious awards of its kind opting for one of the most surprising seasons in several decades as its 2013 winner.
The Maxwell Football Club announced Friday that the Duke head coach has been tabbed as its 2013 National Coach of the Year. For those who are unaware as to why a Blue Devils coach would be up for a football award, we’ll repeat ourselves.
In his sixth season with the football program, Cutcliffe and his Blue Devils set a school record in 2013 for wins in a season with 10 and earned its first-ever Coastal division title. Duke played in its first-ever ACC championship game earlier this month, and will play in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the program’s 92-year history.
In the six years with Cutcliffe on the sidelines, the Blue Devils have won 31 games; in the 15 seasons prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival and dating back to 1993, Duke won a combined 33 games. Eight of those wins came in 1994.
“Coach Cutcliffe has engineered a tremendous season for the Duke football program,” said Maxwell Football Club Executive Director Mark Wolpert. “The team’s 10-3 record is a great testament to the hard work of Coach and his staff, and also to the dedication shown by the student-athletes involved in the football program at Duke University.”
Cutcliffe had previously been named the Walter Camp Coach of the Year. Malzahn, who along with Missouri’s Gary Pinkel was a finalist for the Maxwell coaching award, has taken home Coach of the Year honors from the Football Writers Association of America and Home Depot.