Lane Kiffin Named Southern California Coach Of The Year|
Jan. 23, 2012
USC football coach Lane Kiffin has been named the 2011 Southern California Coach of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council and he will be presented with the award at the annual LA Sports Awards on March 15 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live.
The LA Sports Awards celebrate the greatest moments of the year in sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
Previous Coach of the Year honorees were Bruce Arena of the L.A. Galaxy (2010), Mike Scioscia of the L.A. Angels (2009) and Phil Jackson of the L.A. Lakers (2008).
Despite being banned from postseason play by the NCAA, Kiffin's Trojans won 10 of 12 games, including a win at No. 4 Oregon. The Trojans also defeated rivals Notre Dame and UCLA. USC finished sixth in the Associated Press Top 25 and had the best won-loss record in the Pac-12 South Division.
His offense produced a 3,500-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher. The defense held 8 of its 12 opponents to 17 points or less. The Trojans had 3 All-American first teamers, 7 All-Pac-12 first teamers, the Pac-12 Morris Trophy winner, the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Freshmen of the Year and 5 Freshman All-American first teamers, plus finalists for the Biletnikoff, Hendricks and Manning Awards.
In just two seasons as head coach, Kiffin has returned the Trojans to national prominence. He has won 72% of his games at USC (18-7). Only Howard Jones and John Robinson had more victories in their first two years as a Trojan head coach.
The LA Sports Awards will be televised by FOX Sports West (air dates TBA) and will include appearances by many of the athletes and coaches whose achievements helped make 2011 such a memorable year in sports.
In addition to the Coach award, the ceremony also will feature a countdown of the Top 10 moments for 2011 along with the naming of the Sportsman, Sportswoman, and Sports Executive of the Year.