Best Sports Coach -- College - 2001
Colorado State University Rams
Readers' Choice: Sonny Lubick
Some argue that college sports have become little more than the minor leagues for the pros, and with the hype surrounding most Division I sports, it's hard to argue. But sometimes the "old college try" still involves more than the bottom line. Such is the case with Sonny Lubick. Many big-name college football programs would love to woo Lubick away from Fort Collins, but CSU football's savior is staying put. When the Butte, Montana, native took over the Rams seven years ago, they had managed just nine winning seasons and one bowl appearance in 34 years. Since 1993, they've won 49 games and three conference titles, played in three Holiday Bowls and been nationally ranked four times. Last season, Lubick's charges went 10-2, beat Louisville in the Liberty Bowl and finished the year ranked number fourteen by Associated Press. Next up for Coach Sonny? Rival CU at the big IF on September 1.