Annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards

January 28, 2014

Hotel Sonesta was abuzz on Wednesday night as coaches and guests mixed and mingled for the annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards.

Avera was a sponsor for the event, which benefits the American Heart and American Stroke Associations. Lance Odom, Partner at Avera, was a member of this year’s Executive Leadership Committee.

Gus Malzahn, football coach at Auburn University, was the recipient of the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award.

Other finalists for the award were Baylor’s Art Briles, Rice’s David Bailiff, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and Stanford’s David Shaw.

Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum was the other honoree at the ceremony, receiving the Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.

The College Football Coach of the Year Award began in 1957 and was renamed for Coach Bryant in 1986, following his death by a heart attack in 1983. It has since benefitted the American Heart Association. The award honors excellence in college football coaching, both on and off the field.