The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club of Birmingham, Alabama proudly announces its Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, which it awards annually to honor excellence in college football coaching. The 2013 Bowden Award recipient is Auburn University’s Gus Malzahn, who led the Tigers in a NCAA record tying turnaround season in only his first year as the Auburn head coach.

 Other finalists for the 2013 Bowden Award were David Cutcliffe of Duke University, Art Briles of Baylor University, Mark Dantonio of Michigan State University, and Jimbo Fisher of Florida State University.

The recipient of the Bowden Award is voted upon by the Club and a geographically diverse group of the members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

This will be the fifth time this national award will be presented and the second time an Auburn coach will have received it. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik won the award in 2010, after leading Auburn to the BCS National Championship.

Presentation of the award will take place in Birmingham, Alabama at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on March 2, 2014. Bobby Bowden will present the award to Malzahn and honor College Football Hall of Fame member Vince Dooley with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are available at the Club’s website,, which features a variety of banquet seating options. Sponsorship opportunities and VIP experiences with Coaches Bowden, Dooley, and Malzahn are also available. For more information about this event please contact Southern Sports Group at 205-202-4121 or info@

About OTM Touchdown Club

The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club of Birmingham, Alabama is a nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt organization. The Club meets weekly during the college football season and hosts the most respected names in football and other sports as speakers, while also benefitting various charities and youth sports programs in the “Over the Mountain” area of Birmingham, Alabama. Coach Gus Malzahn, Auburn University 2013 Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award Winner

About Southern Sports Group (SSG)

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