EVANSTON, Ill.- Northwestern defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz is one of 15 coaches to be named a semi-finalist for the 2020 Broyles Award, which recognizes the nation’s top assistant coach.
Hankwitz, who is in his 51st season as a college football coach, needs just one win to reach 400 in his career. According to a survey of FBS programs, his 399 career wins are the most by an active coach. This is the first time Hankwitz has been recognized as Broyles Award semi-finalist.
Under Hankwitz’s leadership this season, Northwestern’s defense ranks in the Top-25 nationally for passing defense efficiency (1st), scoring defense (2nd), total defense (13th), red zone defense (9th), rushing defense (21st) and 3rd down pct. Defense (11th).
Since the award’s inception in 1996, Kevin Wilson is the lone Northwestern coach to be named a finalist (2000).
The Broyles Award was created in 1996 as a way to honor Coach Frank Boyles. A Hall of Famer at the University of Arkansas, Broyles’ legacy is well-connected to his ability to bring in and develop terrific assistants in addition to his 1964 National Championship with the Razorbacks.
The 15 semi-finalists will be narrowed down to five finalists and the overall winner will be determined from that pool at a later date. The 2020 Broyles Award will work in collaboration with the Broyles Foundation, which provides funding for Alzheimer’s caregivers in education, support and resources at no cost.
COURTESY NORTHWESTERN ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS