Brent Venables nominated for national coaching award

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Little Rock, AR - November 23, 2016 - The Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2016 nominees for the Broyles Award. The 40 nominees in this year's class were chosen from almost 1,500 assistant coaches representing over 128 Division One college football programs.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is one of the nominees. In his fifth season with the Tigers, Venables has his defense ranked 13th nationall in total defense at 316.1 yards per game.

Below is the full list of nominees for this year's Broyles Award:

Alabama - Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Arkansas State - Joe Cauthen, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Army West Point - Jay Bateman, Defensive Coordinator
Auburn - Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator
Boise State - Scott Huff, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive
Washington State - Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Brigham Young - Ed Lamb, Special Team Coordinator/Safeties
Clemson - Brent Venables, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Colorado - Jim Leavitt, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Colorado State - Will Friend, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Georgia Southern - Chad Lunsford, Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
Houston - Todd Orlando - Defensive Coordinator
Indiana - Tom Allen, Defensive Coordinator
Iowa State - Tom Manning, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Louisiana Tech - Todd Fitch, Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
LSU - Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator
Miami - Manny Diaz, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Michigan - Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Missouri - Glen Elarbee, Offensive Line
Navy - Ivan Jasper, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Nebraska - Trent Bray, Linebackers
North Carolina - Larry Porter, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
North Carolina State - Ryan Nielsen, Defensive Line
Oklahoma State - Mike Yurcich, Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Old Dominion - Brian Scott, Offensive Coordinator
Ole Miss - Matt Luke, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Ohio State - Kerry Coombs, Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks
Penn State - Joe Moorhead, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Pittsburgh - Matt Canada, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
South Carolina - Travaris Robinson, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Stanford - Mike Bloomgren, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Temple - Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Troy - Matt Moore, Co-Offensive Coordinator
UCF - Erik Chinander, Defensive Coordinator
USC - Clancy Pendergast, Defensive Coordinator
Wake Forest - Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Western Kentucky - Tony Levine, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator
Western Michigan - Kirk Ciarrocca, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
West Virginia - Tony Gibson, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Wisconsin - Justin Wilcox, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

The Broyles Award honors college football's top assistant coach. The award was established in 1996 to recognize legendary head football Coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

The legendary 18-member selection committee will select five finalists from the list of nominees and an overall winner. Those finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock, Arkansas where the 2016 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 6th at 1:00 pm at the Marriott Hotel.

This year marks the first time the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation has presented the award. Proceeds from the 2016 Broyles Award will go to support the mission of the Broyles Foundation; to educate, support, and connect with Alzheimer's caregivers.

"Every year the job of our selection committee is extremely difficult as they work to select the top five assistant coaches in America and an overall winner," said Betsy Broyles Arnold, Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation President. "We are very proud of the outstanding job assistant coaches continue to do across the country."

The winner of the 2015 Broyles Award was Lincoln Riley, University of Oklahoma. For a list of all previous winners, visit the Broyles Award website.

The Broyles Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit to learn more about our story.

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