Coach of the Year Award

The Coach of the Year Award is open to all 20 IHSAA recognized sports at each of the 412 high schools in Indiana. It is awarded every calendar year.

Who can make a nomination

Any Ball State alumnus or friend of the university can nominate a coach for the award. Applications are accepted throughout the year until December 10

Nominate Your Coach


  • Nominee must be an Indiana high school head coach in an IHSAA recognized sport
  • Recipient must hold a Ball State bachelor's or master's degree
  • Recipient must be an active donor to Ball State University


Recipients are selected via a selection committee comprised of Ball State Alumni Association staff representative, Cardinal Varsity Club Executive Director, Deputy Athletic Director, Faculty Athletic Representative and Senior Woman Administrator.

If no nomination is received in a particular sport, no award will be given for that sport.

Awards Presentation

Awards will be given out at the annual Ball State University Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony each winter.

  • A pre-dinner awards reception will take place in which each award winner will be recognized individually and receive their award.
  • Award winners will also be announced as a group during the dinner and program portion of the event.

Past Winners