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 of the American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year, the AFCA announced on Monday.
Strong, who has guided the Cardinals 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 Wednesday, Jan. 2 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 their 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.