Colts Head Coach to Receive Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
INDIANAPOLIS – In the past few years, Tony Dungy has received numerous honors, written a best-selling book and coached the Colts to a Super Bowl victory.
Next week, he will be honored yet again.
Dungy, the Colts' head coach the past six seasons, will receive the United States SAcademy's Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award, it was announced Tuesday. Academy President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas P. Rosandich will present Dungy the award during a press conference at the club's training facility on Saturday, April 26.
The award is presented to an individual who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach while exhibiting a "high standard of propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches."
The award has been presented annually since 1985 as part of the Academy's Awards of Sport Medallion Series, which pays "Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete." Past recipients include Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson, Joe Paterno and John Wooden.
For a complete list, please visit www.asama.org.
Dungy also received the Academy's Order of the Eagle Exemplar medal and Academy Rosette. The medallion was designed by the Academy's Sport Artist of the Year 1990, Blair Buswell. The rosette is modeled after the Legion of Honour, instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.
A rosette is a symbol of recognition and affiliation.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service.
The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.
Dungy, 52, has directed the Colts to a 73-23 regular-season record, six playoff appearances, five AFC South titles, two AFC Championship game appearances and a Super Bowl victory.
The Colts' 29-17 victory over Chicago in Super Bowl XLI made Dungy the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Time Magazine listed Dungy on their top-100 Heroes and Pioneers joining leaders such as Warren Buffet and Oprah Winfrey.
Dungy, in 12 seasons as a head coach, has taken 10 teams to the postseason.