Mountaineer fans will have a chance to vote West Virginia University Head Football Coach Rich RodriguezCoach of the Yearas part of a special promotion sponsored by Liberty Mutual, an affinity partner of the WVU Alumni Association.

The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year will be awarded to the football coach who most embodies the characteristics of responsibility and integrity on and off the field. Alumni, fans, and friends can visithttp://alumni.wvu.eduand click on theVote Coach Rodicon on the left side of the site.

Initial voting will continue through Nov. 5. On Nov. 6, the 20 coaches with the most votes will be selected as semifinalists and voting will continue only for those coaches. The winner will be announced Dec. 16 on ABC .

In addition to the coachs award, Liberty Mutual will donate $100,000 to the charitable or civic organizations of the coachs choice, as well as a $20,000 scholarship fund through the alumni association of his school. The coach will also receive a trophy specially designed by R.S. Owens, a renowned award manufacturer, best known for the Oscarstatuette.

Under Coach Rodriguezs leadership, our football program has risen to new heights,said Stephen L. Douglas, president and chief executive officer, WVU Alumni Association.We are extremely proud of his success, as well as that of the team, and I think it would be wonderful for our alumni to vote Coach Rodriguez, a fellow WVU alumnus, as Liberty Mutuals Coach of the Year.

The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 165,000 University graduates residing in every county in West Virginia, every state in the union and approximately 60 foreign nations. With nearly 100 registered chapters and constituent groups, the Associations 26,000 dues-paying members support Homecoming Weekend, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni, Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund, Student Alumni Association, and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs. For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visithttp://alumni.wvu.edu/.