London Named 2011 Bobby Ross Coach of the Year
Charlottesville, VA – The Touchdown Club of Richmond named Virginia head football coach Mike London the recipient of the 2011 Bobby Ross Division I Coach of the Year Award last night at its annual All-Metro Football Banquet held in Richmond. London had previously been honored as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Grant Teaff National Coach of the Year and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 2011 Coach of the Year.
In 2011, London’s second year at Virginia, he led UVa to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Cavaliers posted a 5-3 mark in the ACC’s Coastal Division and came within one victory of playing in the ACC Championship game.
The Cavaliers bettered their 2010 record by four victories. Along the way the Cavaliers became the first program to ever win road games at Miami and Florida State in the same season. A total of five Cavalier players earned either first or second-team All-ACC honors. Two players, senior cornerback Chase Minnifield and senior offensive guard Austin Pasztor, were named to postseason All-America teams.
Prior to taking over the Cavalier program, London went 24-5 in two seasons at Richmond. He was honored as the state’s College Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond in 2008 after leading the Spiders to the NCAA FCS national championship.
Bobby Ross presented the award to London. Ross attended Benedictine High School and also coached at Colonial Heights High School before going on to a successful career in the college and professional ranks, including a Super Bowl appearance while coaching the San Diego Chargers.