The George Munger Award

THE BEST HEAD COACH IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL


2019 George Munger Award Winner:  Ed Orgeron

Following an undefeated regular season, Orgeron was named the winner of the 2019 AP College Football Coach of the Year Award and Home Depot Coach of the Year Award. On January 13, 2020, Orgeron won his first national championship as a head coach with a win over the unbeaten defending national champion Clemson Tigers, 42-25, finishing the season 15–0. Orgeron and the LSU Tigers won the national title in their home state at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

George Munger Award Quick Facts

The George Munger Award is presented to the best Head Coach in college football.


  • The award is named after former University of Pennsylvania coach George Munger. His devotion to ethics in athletics, and his commitment to education is the standard for which all college coaches should strive.
  • The George Munger Award was founded in 1989
  • Member of the National College Football Awards Association 

George Munger Award Recipients

Since 1989

  • 2019 - Ed Orgeron, Louisiana State University
  • 2018 - Jeff Monken, Army-West Point
  • 2017 - Kirby Smart, University of Georgia
  • 2016 - Nick Saban, University of Alabama
  • 2015 - Dabo Swinney, Clemson University
  • 2014 - Dan Mullen, Missisippi State University
  • 2013 - David Cutcliffe, Duke University
  • 2012 - Bill O’Brien, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2011 - Brady Hoke, University of Michigan
  • 2010 - Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
  • 2009 - Gary Patterson, Texas Christian University
  • 2008 - Mike Leach, Texas Tech University
  • 2007 - Mark Mangino, The University of Kansas
  • 2006 - Greg Schiano, Rutgers University
  • 2005 - Joe Paterno*, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2004 - Urban Meyer, The University of Utah
  • 2003 - Pete Carroll, The University of Southern California
  • 2002 - Tyrone Willingham, The University of Notre Dame
  • 2001 - Ralph Friedgen, The University of Maryland
  • 2000 - Bob Stoops, The University of Oklahoma
  • 1999 - Frank Beamer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • 1998 - Philip Fulmer, The University of Tennessee
  • 1997 - Lloyd Carr, The University of Michigan
  • 1996 - Bruce Snyder, Arizona State University
  • 1995 - Gary Barnett, Northwestern University
  • 1994 - Joe Paterno*, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1993 - Terry Bowden, Auburn University
  • 1992 - Gene Stallings, The University of Alabama
  • 1991 - Don James, The University of Washington
  • 1990 - Joe Paterno*, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1989 - Glenn “Bo” Schembechler, The University of Michigan