Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema has been named a finalist for the
Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award.
Bielema lead the Badgers to a double-digit win total for the third-consecutive year. Wisconsin amassed an 11-2 record while securing a second-straight trip to the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin won the Big Ten’s first-ever championship game.
Under Bielema, Wisconsin has extended its school-record bowl streak to 10 seasons, the second-longest active streak in the Big Ten and tied for the ninth-longest streak in the country.
Bielema’s career winning percentage of .769 (60-18) is the fourth-best in the country among FBS coaches with at least five seasons of experience, and UW’s winning percentage over that span ranks second in the Big Ten and ninth in the country.
This season, Wisconsin ranks No. 4 nationally in scoring offense and No. 6 nationally in scoring defense heading into the bowl season.
The coach of the year award will be presented as part of the 2011 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards ceremony in Houston on Jan. 19.