Head coach Charlie Strong guided Louisville to its third BIG EAST title.
Dec. 3, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After a 10-2 regular season and a second-straight BIG EAST championship, University of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong was named one an American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year, the Texas-based organization announced on Monday.
Strong, who has guided the program to a 24-14 record in three seasons, led the Cardinals to their first 10-win season since 2006 and the school's second BCS Bowl game. The Cardinals will square off against Florida in the 79th Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Competing in the postseason for the third-straight year, Strong earned Region 1 honors for Coach of the Year recognition.
The Cardinals raced out to a school-best 9-0 start before dropping two-straight games. Louisville clinched a share of its third BIG EAST title with a 20-17 win on the road at Rutgers.
A native of Batesville, Ark., Strong led the Cardinals to consecutive 7-6 campaigns in 2010 and 2011 before compiling his best record this season.