Bryant Hornets football Coach Paul Calley was named the 7A/6A 2011 Farm Bureau Coach of the Year at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce on Monday night.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Calley said. “It is an award for everybody associated with Bryant football.
“It’s an honor just to be nominated. I accepted the award, but I accepted it on behalf of my assistant coaches and players.”
The staff at Hooten’s Arkansas Football selects the three finalists for each category and the other 7A/6A coaches nominated for the award this year was Randy Coleman of Jonesboro and Daryl Patton of Fayetteville.
Calley guided the Hornets to and 8-3 record and tied for first in the 7A Central Conference with 6-1 records for the second consecutive year. Nominated for coach of the year in 2006 and 2008, 2011 was the first time he won the award.
“It’s a much deserved award,” Bryant Athletic Director Mike Lee said. “Coach Calley and his coaching staff, they exceeded many people’s expectations.
“Coach Calley, year in and year out, is a guy that is going to push people’s expectations to make them believe they can do more than what they really can. This year was another great example of he and his staff doing that with the group that they had, for sure.”