Bill Curry Selected as 2007 Recipient of Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
Former Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky Head Coach Bill Curry has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the AFCA’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award.
The award, which honors those “whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football,” will be presented to Curry at the AFCA Awards Luncheon on January 10 during the 2007 AFCA Convention in San Antonio.
“I’m overwhelmed by this,” Curry said. “It’s such an incredible honor that I can’t express how I feel. I’m very appreciative of the AFCA Board of Trustees and grateful to Grant Teaff for what he’s done for our organization and the difference he made in my career. I’m naturally grateful to all my players, my assistant coaches and, most of all, Carolyn and our family for all of their support through the years. This is the highest honor I’ve ever been accorded.”
Curry spent 17 years as a head coach in the college ranks: seven years at his alma mater, Georgia Tech; three years at Alabama and seven years at Kentucky.
Currently, Curry is serving as the Executive Director of Leadership Baylor at The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Leadership Baylor is an inclusive leadership curriculum that reaches out to all students at The Baylor School to help them discover and develop their emerging leadership skills.
Curry was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1985 and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1989.
In 1989, he received AFCA Division I-A Regional Coach of the Year honors and was selected as the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.
Curry began his coaching career in 1976 as an assistant at Georgia Tech. A year later he joined the staff of former NFL teammate Bart Starr in Green Bay and served as the Packers’ offensive line coach for three seasons. In 1980 he returned to Georgia Tech as its head coach.
During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Curry led his team to a 9-2-1 record in 1985 and a win in the All-American Bowl. The final mark was Tech’s most successful season in nearly 20 years and its first Top 20 finish since 1970. For his efforts, he was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 1985. Curry’s 1984 squad snapped Clemson’s 20-game ACC winning streak and became the first Tech team in 22 years to defeat Alabama, Georgia and Clemson in the same season.
Following the 1986 season Curry moved on to Alabama. Curry led the Crimson Tide to three bowl appearances in his three seasons in Tuscaloosa. In his final season at the school the Tide finished 10-2 and won the SEC championship to earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl. The league title was Alabama’s first in a decade.
In 1990 Curry replaced former AFCA President Jerry Claiborne as the head coach at the University of Kentucky, a position Curry held through 1996. Curry’s 1993 Wildcat squad posted a 6-6 record and earned a berth in the Peach Bowl. That season Kentucky recorded its first three-game SEC winning streak in 16 seasons and won two SEC road games for the first time in nine seasons.
A 1965 graduate of Georgia Tech, Curry was a three-year letterman at center for the Yellow Jackets and served as a team captain as a senior. He was drafted by Green Bay in 1965 and was a member of Vince Lombardi’s NFL championship team in 1965 and Super Bowl I-winning team a year later. From 1967 to 1972 Curry played for Don Shula and Don McCafferty in Baltimore. The 1968 team played in Super Bowl III and the 1970 squad won Super Bowl V. Curry went on to play one season each for the Houston Oilers and Los Angeles Rams. He was a two-time All-Pro (1971-72) and played in the 1971 and 1972 Pro Bowls.
During his playing days Curry served as president of the NFL Players Association, a position given by his NFL peers for his leadership qualities and high regard among players around the league.
Since 1997 Curry has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN and has been a contributing writer to ESPN.com, covering topics ranging from ethics in sports to Title IX.
From 1998-1999 Curry served as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Consortium for Academics & Sports in Orlando, Florida.
Curry and his wife, Dr. Carolyn Curry, have two children - Kristin Hunter (Bob) and Bill Jr. (Kelly) - and four grandchildren.