The NCAA announced on Tuesday that Belmont University men's basketball head coach Rick Byrd has been named recipient of the 2012 Bob Frederick Award.
The Frederick Award, first presented in 2009 to honor the late Kansas and Illinois State athletic director, is awarded annually to an NCAA member institution coach or administrator who exhibits a lifelong commitment to sportsmanship and ethical conduct, leading by example, and promoting positive fan involvement in and out of competition.
Like Frederick, recipients of the award are known by their sincere passion for student-athletes and colleagues.
The Knoxville, Tennessee native joins Bill Self of Kansas and John Calipari of Kentucky as one of three head coaches in the nation to lead their program to an NCAA Tournament automatic berth five of the last seven years.
Moreover, with 637 career victories, Byrd ranks eighth among all active NCAA Division I head coaches in wins.