HOUSTON, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Heart Association announced today former Brigham Young University coach and 10th all time winningest coach in Division I football history LaVell Edwards will be named recipient of the 2013 Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Marathon Oil Corporation Paul Bear Bryant Awards held on Jan. 17, 2013 in Houston.
Edwards' extraordinary life and contributions to college football will be acknowledged during the awards dinner which benefits the American Heart Association and recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Paul "Bear" Bryant. Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Hayden Fry, Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer, Bo Schembechler and Bobby Bowden.
Considered a legend in the football profession, Edwards is a man of many hats. After 29 years as head coach of the BYU football team, he ranked third among active coaches and seven in the all-time wins list, with a record of 257 wins, 101 losses and 3 ties. Under his direction, BYU won a national championship, 19 conference championships, a Heisman Trophy, 2 Outland Trophies, 4 Davey O'Brien Awards, and appeared in 21 bowl games. He has twice been honored as the national coach of the year, has received many conference and district accolades, and has been feted by a myriad of state and national organizations, not just for his accomplishments on the field, but for the integrity and class he added to the profession.
The Marathon Oil Corporation Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards, benefiting the American Heart Association, honor excellence in coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke. Bryant suffered a heart attack prior to his death in 1983. Funds raised benefit heart disease and stroke research, community education and outreach programs of the American Heart Association. For more information on the Bryant Awards, or to purchase tickets or a table for the event, visit www.bryantawards.com or call 713-610-5000.
About American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.
About Marathon Oil Corporation
Marathon Oil is an independent international energy company. Based in Houston, Texas, Marathon Oil had net proved reserves at the end of 2011 of 1.8 billion barrels of oil equivalent in North America, Europe and Africa. For more information, please visit the Company's website at http://www.marathonoil.com.
Shelly White Millwee
American Heart Association
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SOURCE American Heart Association