St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso was named the Division III Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, it was announced Monday.
The award is given to coaches in each division of college football. Fan voting, media input and College Football Hall of Fame members combine to make the selections.
Caruso, 37, is the first two-time winner of the award. Louisiana State's Les Miles (FBS), Montana State's Rob Ash (FCS) and Pittsburg State's Tim Beck (Division II) were the other winners.
The basic selection criteria is "success of their teams on the field, achievements by their student-athletes in the classroom and selfless support of their communities and charities."
Under Caruso, St. Thomas won a program-record 13 games in 2011 and reached the Division III playoff semifinals.
Liberty Mutual will make a $50,000 charitable donation on Caruso's behalf.
Banham earns honors
Gophers women's basketball guard Rachel Banham almost averaged a double-double last week, so it's only fitting she earned a double helping of Big Ten awards.
Banham was named the conference player and freshman of the week after averaging 23.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while helping the Gophers go 2-0 in a pair of conference games.
It was he third freshman of the week award this season and her first player of the week honor.
Michael Russo, who covers the Wild and the NHL for the Star Tribune, was named Minnesota Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The state's Sportscaster of the Year was Wild and Twins play-by-play announcer Bob Kurtz.
The national sportswriter of the year was Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated and the national sportscaster of the year was Dan Shulman of ESPN.