ESPN held their annual ESPY awards last night where the great performances in sports are honored. Comedian Bob Riggle did an excellent job hosting, keeping the mood light, making it a truly enjoyable viewing experience. The New York Giants were nominated for the best team of the year, quarterback Eli Manning was nominated for the best championship performance and head coach Tom Coughlin was nominated and awarded for being the best coach of the year.
The best coach award was announced on the red carpet by ESPN's Jon Barry and Mike Wilbon prior to the live telecast of the ceremony. The awards are decided by the fans, who voted for Coughlin over the other strong nominees; John Calipari, Erik Spoelstra, Darryl Sutter, Patrick Murphy and Kim Mulkey, who all had great years.
It should come as no surprise that Coach Coughlin was voted for by so many fans. He is a likeable figure who is very well respected by his players, and regarded highly by other coaches around the league. It is often joked that Coughlin has been fired without actually being fired more times than anyone else. He has led the Giants to two unexpected Super Bowl victories in the last five years, despite mediocre regular seasons, building a resumé that will undoubtedly be considered for the Hall of Fame. More than once he has shown the ability to unite his team at the necessary time during the season to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Tom Coughlin is obviously well deserving of the recognition he received last night. He possesses all the necessary qualities that make him a great leader and example for his players. The Giants are certainly fortunate to have an excellent coach and face of their team.
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