The American Football Coaches Association has named Oregon State’s Mike Riley, the Pac-12 coach of the year.
Within the PAC 12 conference, all head and assistant coaches who are members of the association vote at the end of the season. This year, Riley was the clear winner.
Coaches association spokesman Vince Thompson says the award was well deserved.
“I think he received regional coach of the year because he did a great job this season. They are going to a bowl game, I think they finished 9 in 3, they were a good football team this year and were in the running for the PAC 12. And so I think the coaches in that Region thought he did an outstanding job this season and deserved the honor,” Thompson said.
Coach Riley returned as head coach of the Beavers in 2003 and oversaw the team’s improvement from a 3-9 season to a 9-3 season. The Beavers will play in their first bowl game in three years on December 29th. OSU will face the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl.