The 2011 Liberty Mutual 'Coach Of The Year' award has Georgia's Mark Richt as a finalist alongside Michigan's Brady Hoke, Bobby Petrino of Arkansas, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State and Bill Snyder of Kansas State.
Richt led the Bulldogs to the SEC East title with a 7-1 record within the East division, and a 10-3 record overall. Despite having a rough start to the season with back-to-back losses to Boise State and South Carolina, Richt righted the ship and led the Bulldogs to ten consecutive victories, including wins over then-ranked No. 20 Auburn and No. 23 Georgia Tech.
Georgia finished the season ranked 16th in the BCS standings after dropping the SEC title game to LSU 42-10. The Bulldogs will take on the Michigan State Spartans in the Outback bowl on January 2nd.