AFCA Coaches' Trophy, presented by Amway
Since 1986, the winner of the UPI or Amway Coaches Poll has received the AFCA Coaches' Trophy, presented by Amway. The trophy — valued at $30,000 — features a football made of Waterford crystal and an ebony base. After its presentation, the original trophy is displayed on the campus of the winning school.
Leading direct seller, Amway, became the presenting sponsor of the Coaches' Trophy in 2014. The trophy will be awarded to the No. 1-ranked team, and national champion, in the Amway Coaches Poll following the conclusion of the college football season.
About the Coaches’ Trophy
The Coaches’ Trophy was first presented to the winner of the UPI Coaches’ Poll in 1986, when it was sponsored by the Gerrits/Pepsi Cola Foundation. McDonalds presented the trophy from 1991 to 1993. From 1994 to 2001, the trophy was presented by Sears as part of its Collegiate Champions program. Circuit City was the sponsor of the trophy in 2002, then ADT Security Services took over the sponsorship from 2003 to 2005. ADT Security Services sponsored the trophy from 2003-2005, followed by Dr Pepper from 2009-13.
The AFCA also awards trophies to the national champions in NCAA Divisions FCS, II and III and the NAIA, along with plaques to all AFCA-member coaches whose teams win conference championships, or for those not affiliated with a conference and qualify for the playoffs in their respective NCAA or NAIA divisions.
The national championship trophies and conference plaques are awarded to the winning coaches at the AFCA Awards Luncheon, held during the AFCA Convention each January.