Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation announced Tuesday that Alabama head coach Nick Saban was the winner of the award for 2014.

“On behalf of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, we congratulate Coach Saban,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Dodd Foundation. “His success on and off the field this season made our decision an easy one. He represents the pinnacle of coaching achievement. At Alabama, he has not only built an exceptional football program, but has prepared a community of young men to be leaders in the world, ensuring that Coach Dodd’s legacy will continue for generations to come.”

The award recognizes the coach for whose program "embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field throughout the season."

"It's truly an honor to be selected the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year," Saban said. "I think I'm very blessed, we're very blessed, to be at a very special institution like The University of Alabama." 

Saban becomes just the second Crimson Tide head coach to win the award. Bill Curry was the first in 1989.