John Harbaugh Honored With Coaching Award


Following a thrilling overtime win over Cincinnati, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh got another piece of good news Monday afternoon.

Harbaugh was presented with the United States Sports Academy's 2013 Amos Alonzo Staff Coaching Award.

The award is given annually to a coach who has experienced outstanding achievement and has exhibited a high standard of propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

"This is something that means a lot personally and for our family," said Harbaugh, who was visited by his father, Jack, on Monday.

"It means so much for a coach and the son of a coach and for our family, too, to be involved with such an award. So, thank you very much, it will be treasured."

Amos Alonzo Stagg is one of the winningest college football coaches in history with 314 wins, and his imagination and innovation established many sports traditions, strategies and character-building lessons still used today.

Harbaugh, the constant history buff, knows all about Stagg.

"Knute Rockne said, 'All football runs through coach Amos Alonzo Stagg,'" said Harbaugh, who attributed the jersey number, reverses, huddle and forward pass to the historic coach.

From his start with the Ravens in 2008, Harbaugh has built his program around character and brought in some of the game's finest teachers and coaches. He also isn't afraid to try something new, or roll the dice with a gutsy call.

His track record of success speaks for itself.

Harbaugh has guided the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his first five years and won his first Super Bowl last season. He's got the most playoff wins (nine) by a head coach in his first five seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Harbaugh did this all after making the rare leap from being a career position coach and then special teams coordinator in Philadelphia. He was never previously a head coach or offensive or defensive coordinator.

The award has been presented annually since 1985 to coaches in any sport at any level. Previous NFL winners include Miami's Don Shula (1991), New York Giants' Dan Reeves (1999), New England's Bill Belichick (2005) and Indianapolis' Tony Dungy (2008).

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, nonprofit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.

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