The Riceland family is proud to assist the Broyles family in maintaining the legacy of Frank Broyles and his importance to college football and Arkansas.
The Broyles Foundation and the Broyles Award Selection Committee would like to issue a special ‘Thank You’ to all volunteers, donors, and sponsors of the 2018 Broyles Award. Your support helps us recognize excellence in collegiate coaching and provides crucial care for caregivers in crisis.
Frank Broyles always said he lived a charmed life, and it was true. He leaves behind a multitude of legacies certain never to be replicated. Whether it was his unparalleled career in college athletics, as an athlete, coach, athletics administrator and broadcaster, or his tireless work in the fourth quarter of his life as an Alzheimer’s advocate, his passion was always the catalyst for changing the world around him for the better.
He felt he was blessed to work for more than 55 years in the only job he ever wanted, first as head football coach and then as athletic director at the University of Arkansas. An optimist and a visionary who looked at life with an attitude of gratitude, Broyles lived life to the fullest for 92 years, almost 60 of them in his adopted state of Arkansas. To all who knew him, including thousands of Razorback fans who never met him, he was Coach Broyles, ambassador to the Razorback Nation and the state of Arkansas. To countless others, he was an advocate for caregivers around the world.
In 1996, David Bazzel founded the Broyles Award in honor of Coach Broyles’s lifetime of coaching excellence. The Broyles Award trophy, unveiled in 1996, reflects this, as it contains two figures: a standing Frank Broyles, and a kneeling with Wilson Matthews, his longtime assistant coach. The relationship between coach and assistant coach remains, over two decades later, the defining feature and purpose of the Broyles Award. With a Selection Committee that includes many of the most accomplished coaches (both active and retired), the Broyles Award continues to seek out excellence in assistant coaching at the collegiate and, as of 2019, the high school level.