Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was the team's nominee for the first-ever Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award. See the entire list of coaches from around the league and the country in the NFL's Press Release below and after the 'Jump':
NOMINEES NAMED FOR INAUGURAL DON SHULA NFL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED DURING SUPER BOWL WEEK
Twenty-eight football coaches from across the country have been named as nominees for the inaugural Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award.
This new award was created to honor exemplary football coaches at all levels of the sport that display the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula.
The coaches were nominated by NFL teams and by USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels. Nominees are active football coaches at NFL, college, high school and youth levels. They were chosen for their character and integrity, inspirational leadership, commitment to the community, and on-field success.
The Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award selection panel is comprised of Coach Shula; NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL; former Indianapolis ColtsCoach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY; Former RaidersCoach and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame JOHN MADDEN; General RAYMOND ODIERNO, Commander, United States Joint Forces Command; SAM PALMISANO, Chairman, CEO and President of IBM; Former Secretary of State, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business CONDOLEEZA RICE; and AARON THOMAS, Athletic Director at Aplington-Parkersburg High School and son of the school’s late football coach Ed Thomas.
"I am honored that the NFL has put this award in my name. I think it is great that we are recognizing coaches from all levels—high school, collegiate and professional," said Shula. "Congratulations to all of the nominees, and I look forward to presenting the first annual award at this year's Super Bowl in North Texas."
The national Shula Award winner will receive $25,000 and be invited to the Super Bowl, where he will be recognized at a press conference.
2010 DON SHULA NFL COACH OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
NOMINATED BY NOMINEE LEVEL TEAM
Atlanta FalconsRon GartellHigh SchoolStephenson High School
Stone Mountain, GA
Baltimore RavensJohn HarbaughNFLBaltimore Ravens
Buffalo BillsTom GoddardHigh SchoolClarence High School
Carolina PanthersMike AyersCollegeWofford College
Chicago BearsScott "Reggie" MedingerYouthCary Junior Trojans
Cincinnati BengalsDale MuellerHigh SchoolHighlands High School
Fort Thomas, KY
Cleveland BrownsTodd FiltzHigh SchoolMaple Heights High School
Denver BroncosDave LoganHigh SchoolJ.K. Mullen High School
Detroit LionsJohn HerringtonHigh SchoolFarmington Hills Harrison High School
Green Bay PackersGerald SinzHigh SchoolEdgar High School
Houston TexansRay SealsHigh SchoolMadison High School
Indianapolis ColtsRick WimmerHigh SchoolFishers High School
Jacksonville JaguarsKevin SullivanHigh SchoolAtlantic Coast High School
Kansas City ChiefsMel TjeerdsmaCollegeNorthwest Missouri State University
Miami DolphinsGeorge SmithHigh SchoolSt. Thomas Aquinas High School
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Minnesota VikingsRon StolskiHigh SchoolBrainerd High School
New England PatriotsIan CotterellYouthBrookline-Jamaica Plain Patriots
New Orleans SaintsSean PaytonNFLNew Orleans Saints
New York GiantsTom CoughlinNFLNew York Giants
New York JetsClayton Kendrick-HolmesCollegeSUNY Maritime Privateers
Pittsburgh SteelersBob JacobyHigh SchoolBishop Canevin High School
St. Louis RamsCliff IceHigh SchoolWebster Groves High School
St. Louis, MO
San Francisco 49ersKen PereltaHigh SchoolMarin Catholic High School
Seattle SeahawksPete CarrollNFLSeattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay BuccaneersRaheem MorrisNFLTampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee TitansMike HeimerdingerNFLTennessee Titans
Washington RedskinsMark BurkeHigh SchoolModel Secondary School for the Deaf
USA FootballTom SappingtonMiddle SchoolHastings Middle School