CHARLOTTE, N.C. —The Charlotte Touchdown Club in conjunction with the Football Writers Association of America officially announced Wednesday that David Cutcliffe, head football coach at Duke University, will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet presented by ACN scheduled for Monday, December 5th.
“The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is one of college football’s most prestigious awards and I look forward to taking part in recognizing some of college football’s finest players,” said Cutcliffe.
“Over the past few seasons, Coach David Cutcliffe has truly reenergized the Duke Football program and we’re excited to welcome him to the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Banquet,” said John Rocco, executive director of the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Cutcliffe, the 2013 national coach of the year, has earned both ACC and SEC coach of the year honors in a distinguished career that includes the mentoring of Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning.
He was named Duke University’s 21st head football coach on December 15, 2007. Cutcliffe is 48-53 (.475) in eight seasons at Duke and owns an overall head coaching ledger of 92-82 (.529). Cutcliffe’s 48 victories in eight years with the Blue Devils are 38 more than the program’s total in the previous eight seasons (2000-07) combined.
In addition to guiding the Blue Devil gridiron program, Cutcliffe serves on the American Football Coaches Association’s Board of Trustees.
Duke’s ascension into the national college football landscape has been spearheaded by Cutcliffe, who took over the program prior to the 2008 campaign after the Blue Devils had won just 10 total games in the previous eight seasons.
Cutcliffe’s vision has come together in the last four years with 33 victories, four bowl appearances and the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship. Highlights from the last four years include the program’s first bowl victory since 1961, an NFL first round draft pick in Laken Tomlinson (2014), an eight-game winning streak in 2013 (Duke’s longest since 1941), the program’s first appearance in the BCS standings in 2013 and in the College Football Playoff rankings in 2014 and final national rankings in both polls in 2013 (22nd by USA Today/Coaches & 23rd by Associated Press) to mark Duke’s first showing in a final poll since 1962.
Under Cutcliffe’s guidance in 2015, Jeremy Cash became the first player in Duke history to earn first-, second- or third-team All-America honors in three seasons (2013-14-15). A finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, an honor presented each year to the nation’s top defensive player, Cash also became Duke’s fourth straight recipient of the Jim Tatum Award, an annual honor for the ACC’s top senior scholar-athlete for football.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com. 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.