STATE COLLEGE - After an 8-4 season despite unprecedented adversity, Penn State's Bill O'Brien was named the Maxwell Football Club's Collegiate Coach of the Year Wednesday.
This is the second national honor for the first-year head coach, who took over a program that had been heavily sanctioned after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
O'Brien, who was also named ESPN Coach of the Year, will be honored by the Maxwell Club on March 1 at Harrah's Atlantic City Resort.
"Coach O'Brien has engineered a tremendous season for the Penn State football program while overcoming obstacles that many considered to be insurmountable," Mark Wolpert, Maxwell Football Club executive director, said in a statement. "The team's 8-4 record is a great testament to the hard work of Coach O'Brien and his staff, and also to the dedication shown by the student-athletes involved in the football program at Penn State."