As you know the Thunder football team qualified for their third–consecutive NCAA playoffs and climbed as high as No. 8 in the American Football Coaches Association top 25 poll and No.12 in the d3football.com top 25. The Thunder have gone 29–1 in the last three regular seasons, claiming the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship crown in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In addition, we find out later this week if Eric Watt claims the Gagliardi Trophy for the 2010 season.
Now, Liberty Mutual Insurance has recently named Trine University′s head football coach Matt Land as one of five Division III finalists for the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award... the leading college football coaching honor which celebrates coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, excellence and for giving back to their teams, schools and communities, on and off field.
Through December 28th Trine fans can visit this website to vote for Coach Land. You can vote once daily, per computer.
Liberty Mutual will announce the Division III winner on January 10th in Scottsdale, Ariz., prior to the BCS National Championship game. If Coach Land wins, he will receive $50,000 to donate to the non–profit charity of his choice and a $20,000 grant to Trine University′s alumni association. This is an amazing opportunity, not only for Coach Land and the university, but also for the community. Coach has chosen a Steuben County non–profit to receive the $50,000 gift if he were to land (no pun intended) the honors of Coach of the Year! Please vote every day!
Let the voting begin! Good luck Coach!