Malzahn named keynote speaker for 2015 Bronko Nagurski Awards banquet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Touchdown Club in conjunction with the Football Writers Association of America officially announced today Gus Malzahn, Head Football Coach at Auburn University, as Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet scheduled for Monday, December 7.

“The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is one of college football’s most prestigious awards and I look forward to being a part of their fantastic event,” said Coach Gus Malzahn.

“Over the years, the Bronko Nagurski Banquet has attracted some of the nation’s top college football coaches as its keynote speaker and 2015 is no exception,” said John Rocco Executive Director of the Charlotte Touchdown Club. “We look forward with great anticipation to hearing and seeing Coach Malzahn at our black tie banquet held December 7th at the Westin Hotel.”

In two years as head coach at Auburn University, Gus Malzahn has led the Tigers to a 20-7 record and two January bowl games, including a Southeastern Conference Championship and an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game in 2013.

Named the 2013 National Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record and one of the most memorable seasons in school history, Malzahn’s second squad finished 8-5 record after navigating the nation’s most difficult schedule.

Malzahn, 29-10 in three seasons as a head coach, has won or played for a conference title in six of his nine seasons as a college coach, including winning a conference crown in three of the last five seasons with Auburn in 2010 and 2013 and Arkansas State in 2012. He became just the third coach in SEC history to win an SEC title in his first year at a school, joining LSU’s Bernie Moore in 1935 and Ole Miss’ John Vaught in 1947.

The 2013 Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Home Depot, Sporting News, SB Nation, Liberty Mutual and Associated Press National Coach of the Year, Malzahn earned SEC Coach of the Year honors after guiding Auburn to the biggest turnaround in SEC history.

Malzahn has produced 12 1,000-yard rushers in nine seasons as a college head coach/coordinator, at least one in each season, including Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason (1,816) and Nick Marshall (1,068) in 2013 and Cameron-Artis Payne (1,608) in 2014. Malzahn has also had five 1,000-yard receivers and three 3,000-yard passers. He has had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season three times: 2013 (Auburn), 2010 (Auburn) and 2006 (Arkansas). His 2007 Tulsa team had three 1,000-yard receivers.

Malzahn, who won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach in 2010 while helping the Tigers to the national title, returned to Auburn after serving as the head coach at Arkansas State in 2012, where he led the program to the Sun Belt Conference title.

Malzahn’s coaching career began in his home state of Arkansas at the high school level. In 14 seasons as a high school head coach, Malzahn led seven teams to the state championship game and won three titles. In July 2013, he was inducted into the Arkansas High School Sports Hall of Fame.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which 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. For more information, visit the association’s official website, www.NCFAA.org.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club’s activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics.  For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com. The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.

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The Charlotte Touchdown Club was founded in 1991 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club’s activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding Citizenship, Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Leadership of area athletes and coaches.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA defensive football player at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet in Charlotte, NC.  All proceeds benefit the Charlotte Touchdown Club Scholarship Fund. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL   704-347-2918 or visit www.touchdownclub.com.

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