2019 A.P. Coach of the Year


The Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year Award is an award that is given annually since 1998 to NCAA college football’s national coach of the year.


The award is voted on by the Associated Press(AP) voters that participate in the weekly college football AP Poll.



Ed Orgeron, Head Coach, Louisiana State University Tigers

Ed Orgeron of LSU is The Associated Press Coach of the Year after leading the top-ranked Tigers to a Southeastern Conference championship and their first College Football Playoff appearance.

Orgeron is the third different LSU coach to win the award since it was established in 1998, joining Nick Saban in 2003 and Les Miles in 2011. Saban and Miles both led their teams to the BCS championship game, with Saban winning and Miles losing.

Orgeron and the Tigers will face No. 4 Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 28 at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

This is Orgeron’s third full season as LSU coach and the Tigers’ record has improved each year. He was elevated to interim coach during the 2016 season after Miles was fired and eventually landed his dream job.

The Louisiana native is 38-9 at LSU with a 23-7 record in the SEC. The 58-year-old Orgeron was a longtime assistant coach, part of national championship staffs with Miami in the late 1980s and early ’90s, and with Southern California in the early 2000s. Along the way, he gained a reputation as one of the best recruiters and defensive line coaches in the nation.

Orgeron has also been named the 2019 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award winner and the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year.


The 2019 A.P. Coach of the Year Award finalists included:

  • LSU – Ed Orgeron
  • Baylor – Matt Rhule
  • Ohio State – Ryan Day
  • Minnesota – P. J. Fleck


2018 A.P. Coach of the Year: Brian Kelly, Notre Dame


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