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The AFCA National Championship Trophy (Coaches' Trophy) is the trophy awarded by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to the winner of college football's BCS National Championship Game, which determines the national champion for purposes of the Coaches Poll. The trophy has been awarded since 1986 and has been tied to the winner of the BCS National Championship Game since 1998.

The trophy consists of a Waterford Crystal football affixed to an ebony base, and carries a value of over $30,000. The winning school retains permanent possession of the trophy, as a new one is awarded every year. The football portion of the trophy weighs approximately 8 pounds and together with the stand, it weights about 45 pounds and stands 34 inches tall. It is handmade by an artist in Irelandmarker and takes nearly 3 months to complete.

The trophy has undergone several sponsorship changes over the years. It was sponsored by the Gerrits Foundation during the initial 1986 and 1987 seasons. Pepsi came aboard as a co-sponsor in 1988 and 1989. McDonald's was the sole sponsor from 1990 until 1992. Sears became the trophy's sponsor in 1993 and remained so until 2001. Circuit City assumed sponsorship duties for the 2002 season. ADT Security Services, was the title sponsor from 2003 to 2005.

Its current name is actually the "The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Championship Trophy (or The Coaches' Trophy)," which was given this permanent name by the association in 2006.

  • The trophy has attended 135 games since 1986
  • The trophy has traveled to 49 different stadiums
  • 15 different teams have won the trophy in 23 years


Past winners of the AFCA National Championship Trophy

Season School Head Coach
1986 Penn State Joe Paterno
1987 Miami (FL) Jimmy Johnson
1988 Notre Dame Lou Holtz
1989 Miami (FL) Dennis Erickson
1990 Georgia Tech Bobby Ross
1991 Washington Don James
1992 Alabama Gene Stallings
1993 Florida State Bobby Bowden
1994 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1995 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1996 Florida Steve Spurrier
1997 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1998 Tennessee Phil Fulmer
1999 Florida State Bobby Bowden
2000 Oklahoma Bob Stoops
2001 Miami (FL) Larry Coker
2002 Ohio State Jim Tressel
2003 LSU Nick Saban
2004 USC Pete Carroll
2005 Texas Mack Brown
2006 Florida Urban Meyer
2007 LSU Les Miles
2008 Florida Urban Meyer


By school

School Number Seasons
Miami (FL) 3 1987, 1989, 2001
Nebraska 3 1994, 1995, 1997
Florida 3 1996, 2006, 2008
LSU 2 2003, 2007
Florida State 2 1993, 1999
Penn State 1 1986
Notre Dame 1 1988
Georgia Tech 1 1990
Washington 1 1991
Alabama 1 1992
Tennessee 1 1998
Oklahoma 1 2000
Ohio State 1 2002
USC 1 2004
Texas 1 2005


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