Portland State head football coach Bruce Barnum was named the FCS National Coach of the Year Monday.
Barnum had been awarded the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year award late last month.
He led the Vikings to their best Division 1 record ever at 9-3 and a Big Sky conference title in his first year leading the team. Last season the Viks went 3-9.
"Professionally, I was overwhelmed winning the Big Sky award and knowing the quality of the coaches in this conference," Barnum said in a release Monday. "But to move to this level, it's the most humbling thing professionally, knowing the names that have been on that list. I don't see myself on that list, but somebody did. It means, bottom-line, I have the best staff in the country. I did my job by hiring that staff. The Big Sky award told me we had the best staff, and now the country is telling me that. That's big time."
PSU beat two FBS teams this season, including a season-opening upset of Washington State.
In October, Barnum was giving a contract extension by PSU, locking him in to the school for the next five seasons.
Saturday the Vikings lost their second round playoff game against Northern Iowa 29-17.
The FCS Coach of the Year award and the other FCS Division awards given by STATS will be awarded at the national awards banquet and presentation in Frisco, Texas, on January 8.
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