Caruso in Running for Coach of the Year Honors Again

St. Thomas football fans can vote on Twitter for Coach Glenn Caruso in the 2012 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year program until Dec. 1.

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Caruso was the Liberty Mutual national winner for Division III in both 2010 and 2011 and ranks among the top 10 vote-getters in 2012. St. Thomas voters helped him get over the top in each of the previous two years.

After the first round of fan voting concludes, a Coach of the Year committee will determine five finalists and a second round of voting will occur from Dec. 4 to 20. Fan voting accounts for 20 percent of the tally in determining the winner, with 55 percent from a College Football Hall of Fame selection committee and 25 percent from a national media panel. The winner will be announced Jan. 7 before the BCS title game.

The award recognizes coaches who demonstrate sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence on and off the field. Winners receive $50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice and $20,000 for their school’s alumni association.

In his five years as coach, Caruso has led St. Thomas to a 53-7 record with four consecutive NCAA playoff trips and three consecutive 10-0 regular seasons. The Tommies have won three MIAC football championships in a row, a feat last achieved here in 1947-49. American Football Monthly chose Caruso as 2011 Division III Coach of the Year after he led the Tommies to the national semifinals in a school-record 13-1 finish.

Caruso has a long résumé of community service, including his Bucky’s Pride foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities, St. Jude’s Hospital, a local Reading Recess program and his annual youth football camp.