Ohio’s Mount Union College head football coach Larry Kehres has been selected as the 2008 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year for Division III.
Kehres and Liberty Mutual will present four local charities and the Mount Union Alumni Association with a combined $70,000 to support their programs for local families in need of housing, participants in a youth sports and education ministry, members of the local YMCA and YWCA and student athletes.
Liberty Mutual Insurance presents the winning coach from each division with $50,000 to support his favorite civic and charitable endeavors. Kehres is donating $20,000 to the Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity to provide housing services to low income families, $15,000 to the Alliance Friends Church to support its youth education, sports and recreation ministry, $10,000 to support programming at the Alliance Family YMCA, and $5,000 for programs at the YWCA of Alliance.
“The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is special because it is much more than a personal accolade and a trophy,” said Kehres. “It empowers charitable organizations to continue and enhance their vital work, and provides educational opportunity through scholarship, all of which makes our communities better places to live and to learn.”
Liberty Mutual also awards $20,000 to the alumni association of each winning school to foster scholarship or campus programming.
Chosen by a combination of votes by fans at the Web site www.coachoftheyear.com and a selection committee of national media and College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, the award honors Kehres as the Division III college football coach who best exemplifies responsibility and excellence on and off the field of play.
In addition to receiving the charitable and scholarship monies, Coach Kehres also will receive a personal trophy and will be recognized in the permanent Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award display at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.
For the tenth time in 16 years, the Purple Raiders of Mount Union College sit atop Division III as national champions, capping a 15-0 season with a 31-26 victory over defending champion Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Stagg Bowl. In his 23 years as Mount Union head football coach, Kehres’ teams also have garnered 19 Ohio Athletic Conference titles and have posted 17 undefeated regular seasons.
The other 2008 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winners are Nick Saban of the University of Alabama (Football Bowl Subdivision), Mickey Matthews of James Madison University (Football Championship Subdivision), and Chuck Broyles of Pittsburg State (Kan.) University (Division II).
Source: Liberty Mutual Group