David Cutcliffe has been selected for enshrinement into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head football coach
A native of Birmingham, Ala., and 1976 graduate of the University of Alabama, Cutcliffe is one of eight members of the Class of 2016, joining James Brooks (football), Jim Fulmer (basketball), Oscar Gamble (baseball), Martha Jones Lang (golf), Chris Samuels (football), Calvin Smith (track & field) and Andrew Toney (basketball). The 48th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 21.
Cutcliffe, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year who also earned National Coach of the Year accolades following the 2013 campaign, recently completed his eighth season as the head coach of the Blue Devils, who he has guided to unparalleled success. Duke’s victory over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl last month put a cap on the most successful three-year stretch in school history, a run that included 27 victories, three consecutive bowl berths and the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship.
In addition, academic achievement continues to serve as a foundation of the Duke program, evident by the 2015 Academic Achievement Award presented by the American Football Coaches Association. Duke earned the honor for the 14th time – most in the nation – and also pushed its string of consecutive Jim Tatum Award (top senior scholar-athlete in the ACC for football) recipients to four with the selection of Jeremy Cash in 2015. Also in 2015, Duke led all schools nationally with three CoSIDA Academic All-America choices including, first team honoree A.J. Wolf.
Cutcliffe received his start in coaching as an assistant football coach in 1976 at his alma mater, Banks High School, in Birmingham after graduating from the University of Alabama. He served in that position for four seasons until taking over the head coach position in 1980. In 1982, Cutcliffe transitioned into the college ranks as a part-time assistant coach at the University of Tennessee. He would spend the next 17 seasons in Knoxville, progressing from part-time assistant coach to passing coordinator, followed by offensive coordinator, and eventually assistant head coach.
Cutcliffe was part of five SEC Championship squads while at Tennessee, including the 1998 team that went 13-0 and captured the national championship. He earned the Frank Broyles Award that season, an honor presented annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Following the 1998 season, Cutcliffe was named the head coach at Ole Miss and he spent six seasons in Oxford, compiling a 44-29 (.603) overall record. He was voted as the SEC Coach of the Year in 2003 after guiding Ole Miss to a 10-3 season, a share of the SEC Western Division title and the Cotton Bowl title.
The eight-member Class of 2016 pushes the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame total membership to 336. For more Reception and Banquet Ticket Information can be purchased by contacting the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum.