Briggs Selected As Coach of the Year Finalist
Head football coach Steve Briggs was selected as one of five finalists in Liberty Mutual Group’s NCAA Division III Coach of the Year competition.
“Coach Briggs embodies the college football spirit and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year values,” says Greg Gordon, senior vice president of consumer marketing at Liberty Mutual. “He has made a great impact on the lives of his student-athletes and his community, and we are proud to recognize him as a Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year finalist.”
Although he didn’t win the award, the finalist honor capped a landmark year for Briggs, who completed his 20th season as Susquehanna’s head coach with a 2009 Liberty League championship and a berth in the Division III playoffs.
Launched in 2006, the Coach of the Year Award was created by Liberty Mutual to celebrate responsible coaching because of the positive influence it has on young people, their families and entire communities.
Briggs and the Susquehanna football team won the first, last and only Liberty championship in school history this past season after only three years in the league. The team earned the title by going 6–1 in the league, including a 28–17 win at Union College in the de facto league championship game on Nov. 14.
Following the regular season, Susquehanna claimed four of the Liberty’s five major yearly awards, including the Coaching Staff of the Year honor, and earned 14 all-Liberty awards, including nine first-team players.
The team placed 11 players on the Liberty all-academic team this year as well. Four players have received a combined five College Sports Information Directors of America academic All-America honors under Briggs.
His career record after an 8–3 overall 2009 season stands at 110–93. He has the most wins of any football coach in school history, dating back to 1892.
Briggs is involved in a bevy of charitable activities, both on campus and in the community, and he encourages the football team to do the same. Last year, his players donated weekly prize money earned through Player of the Week awards to a diverse number of organizations. They also helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization in the name of Debra Lacy, the mother of one of the team’s players, who passed away from breast cancer early in the season.
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Robert E. Healy III, director of athletics communications, and Kelly Stemcosky ‘11, a communications major from Wellsboro, Pa.