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The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award is an award given annually as part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony each December. The award is given to the coach who was considered to have made the most substantative contribution to British sport in that year. The award is decided by a panel of over 30 sporting journalists. Each panelist votes for their top two choices; their first preference is awarded two points, and their second preference is awarded one point. The winning coach is the one with the largest points total. In the case of a points tie, the person chosen as first preference by the most panelists is the winner. If this is also a tie the award is shared.

The first recipient of the award was association football manager Alex Ferguson, in 1999. Another football manager, Arsène Wenger, is the only person to have won the award more than once, having done so in 2002 and 2004. The award has been presented to a football manager on five occasions. It has been awarded to four Britons, and five of the other six winners were European. Daniel Anderson, the only winner from the Southern Hemispheremarker, was in his native Australia at the time of the awards, so the then St Helens captain, Paul Sculthorpe, collected it on his behalf. In 2007, Enzo Calzaghe was the first recipient of the award who had coached an individual and not a team. The most recent award was presented in 2008 to David Brailsford for coaching the British Olympic cycling team to eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

By year



Year Nat. Winner Sport Coach of Rationale Note
1999 Football Manchester United for guiding Manchester United to be "the first side to complete a unique treble" of the English Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.
2000 Rowing Olympic team for guiding "[Steve] Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster and James Cracknell to their coxless fours gold" at the Olympics.
2001 Football England for guiding England through qualification for the World Cup, defeating Germany 5–1 in the process.
2002 Football Arsenal for guiding Arsenal to the Double of the Premiership and FA Cup.
2003 Rugby Union England for guiding "his team to a famous Rugby World Cup victory in Australia."
2004 Football Arsenal for guiding Arsenal to a "third Premiership-winning campaign (...) as his side went through the entire season unbeaten."
2005 Football Chelsea for guiding "Chelsea to their first title for 50 years in his first season in charge."
2006 Rugby League St Helens RLFC "for guiding the team to Challenge Cup, minor Premiership and Grand Final triumph."
2007 Boxing Joe Calzaghe for training Joe Calzaghe to 44 undefeated fights and 10 years as world champion.
2008 Cycling Olympic team for guiding the British Olympic cycling team to "14 medals in total in Beijing, including eight golds."


By nationality

This table lists the total number of awards won by coaches of each nationality based on the principle of jus soli.
Nationality Number of
wins
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1


By sport

This table lists the total number of awards won by coaches' sporting profession.
Sporting
profession
Number of
wins
Football 5
Boxing 1
Cycling 1
Rugby League 1
Rugby Union 1
Rowing 1


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