Les Miles Named Walter Camp Coach Of The Year!
Les was named the 2011 Walter Camp Coach of the Year award winner yesterday. This isn't the only awards Miles has received this season. He picked up the Home Depot Coach of the Year at the ESPN college football awards and the AP National Coach of the Year awards in December.
The Walter Camp award is voting on by the nation's 120 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.
A native of Elyria, Ohio, Miles is a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan and earned a B.A. in economics. At Michigan, Miles was a two-year varsity letterwinner. Miles and his wife Kathy have four children (Kathryn, Manny, Benjamin and Mary Grace). Miles started his coaching career at his alma mater Michigan (1980-81) before moving to Colorado (1982-86). He returned to Ann Arbor and served more eight seasons, helping the Wolverines win 71 games and making eight consecutive bowl appearances.
In his seventh season as head coach of the Tigers, Miles is 75-17, including a 41-15 mark in SEC regular-season games. Miles is the only head coach in the history of the SEC to win at least 11 games five times during his first seven years in the league. Under Miles' watch, LSU has won two SEC titles and one national championship (2007). More impressively, 139 of his players have graduated during his tenure, including 104 earning SEC Academic Roll distinction
Miles came to LSU in 2005 after serving four seasons as head coach of Oklahoma State (28-21 record). In Stillwater, he directed the Cowboys to three bowl appearances and was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in 2002.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team. The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients
Now there is only one thing left for Les Miles and the Tigers to do. Win the National Championship of College Football.