NEW HAVEN, CT – Mike MacIntyre, head coach of the University of Colorado Buffaloes, has been named the Walter Camp 2016 Coach of the Year.  The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is selected by the nation’s 129 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.  MacIntyre is the second Colorado coach (Bill McCartney, 1989) and the fifth from the Pac-12 to earn the honor.  MacIntyre joins Chip Kelly (2010, Oregon), Bruce Snyder (1996, Arizona State), McCartney and Frank Kush (1975, Arizona State) as Walter Camp Coach of the Year recipients.  Under MacIntyre’s direction, the Tigers recorded a 10-2 record and won the Pac-12 South Division title (8-1).  The Buffaloes hold a No. 6 national ranking in the latest College Football Playoff poll.  Colorado will play Washington in the Pac-12 Conference championship on December 3.    This is the 50th year that the WCF has selected a coach of the year, considered to be one of the most prestigious honors as the recipient is selected by his peers.  In the 50 years of the award, MacIntyre is just the sixth to be recognized from the Mountain or Pacific Time zones, as he joined Frank Kush (Arizona State, 1975), Fisher DeBerry (Air Force, 1985), CU’s first coach Mac (1989), Bruce Snyder (Arizona State, 1996) and Chip Kelly (Oregon, 2010).

Colorado is the just the ninth Power-5 team since 1972 to win 10 or more games after finishing the previous season with four or fewer victories. The Buffaloes have reached 10 victories for the first time since 2001. On October 22, Colorado became bowl eligible for the first time since 2007 after beating Stanford, 10–5. Two weeks later, they clinched their first winning season since 2005 with a 20–10 victory over UCLA. On November 26, the Buffaloes defeated Utah, 27-22, and clinched the first Pac-12 South Division title.

Sixteen Colorado players were recently honored as All-Pac-12 selections, and MacIntyre was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year after the Buffaloes were picked to finish last in the division prior to the season.  A native of Miami, FL, MacIntyre attended Vanderbilt where he played two seasons in the defensive backfield, and ultimately graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in business management.  He went on to earn a master’s degree in sports management at University of Georgia. He has served as an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels, including stints at Ole Miss, Duke, the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.  He was hired to his first collegiate head-coaching position at San Jose State in 2010, and he led the Spartans to a bowl appearance and their first-ever top-25 final national ranking (#24) in 2012.  He was named head coach at Colorado on December 10, 2012.  Coach MacIntyre, along with the members of the 2016 Walter Camp All-America team and other major award winners, will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet, presented by First Niagara Bank, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.


Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.  The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.


Walter Camp Coaches of the Year

2016 – Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

2015 – Dabo Swinney, Clemson

2014 – Gary Patterson, TCU

2013 – David Cutcliffe, Duke

2012 – Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

2011 – Les Miles, LSU

2010 – Chip Kelly, Oregon

2009 – Gary Patterson, TCU

2008 – Nick Saban, Alabama

2007 – Mark Mangino, Kansas

2006 – Greg Schiano, Rutgers

2005 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

2004 – Tommy Tuberville, Auburn

2003 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

2002 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

2001 – Ralph Friedgen, Maryland

2000 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

1999 – Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

1998 – Bill Synder, Kansas State

1997 – Lloyd Carr, Michigan

1996 – Bruce Snyder, Arizona State

1995 – Gary Barnett, Northwestern

1994 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

1993 – Terry Bowden, Auburn

1992 – Gene Stallings, Alabama

1991 – Bobby Bowden, Florida State

1990 – Bobby Ross, Georgia Tech

1989 – Bill McCartney, Colorado

1988 – Don Nehlen, West Virginia

1987 – Dick MacPherson, Syracuse

1986 – Jimmy Johnson, Miami

1985 – Fisher DeBerry, Air Force

1984 – Joe Morrison, South Carolina

1983 – Mike White, Illinois

1982 – Jerry Stovall, Louisiana State

1981 – Jackie Sherrill, Pittsburgh

1980 – Vince Dooley, Georgia

1979 – John Mackovic, Wake Forest

1978 – Warren Powers, Missouri

1977 – Lou Holtz, Arkansas

1976 – Frank R. Burns, Rutgers

1975 – Frank Kush, Arizona State

1974 – Barry Switzer, Oklahoma

1973 – Johnny Majors, Pittsburgh

1972 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

1971 – Bob Devaney, Nebraska

1970 – Bob Blackman, Dartmouth

1969 – Bo Schembechler, Michigan

1968 – Woody Hayes, Ohio State

1967 – John Pont, Indiana