Sean Saturnio, the special teams coordinator for the Army West Point Football team, was named a nominee for the Broyles Award the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation announced yesterday. The award, named after former Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles, honors the top college football assistant coach in the nation.
Of the approximately 1,270 assistant coaches that represent all of the Division I FBS programs, Saturnio was one of 56 assistants to be named a nominee for the award, which was created in 1996.
Saturnio is in his seventh season on the Army coaching staff and has served in a variety of roles. This is his second stint overseeing special teams, as he previously worked with the group from 2016-17. He most recently served as the tight ends coach from 2018-19. He spent his first two season with the Black Knights coaching the fullbacks.
Army's special teams unit has produced a program record seven blocked kicks on the season (3 punt, 2 FGA, 2 PAT). That figure also leads the nation this season. The team with the next highest total of blocked kicks is Florida State with five. Ryan Duran is one of just four players in the nation with three blocked kicks this season.
Army punter Zach Harding was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list in early October. Harding is averaging 44.9 yards per punt, which is on pace to be the third best punting average in a single season in program history.
Plebe Tyrell Robinson's average of 8.0 yards per punt return ranks 23rd nationally and fifth amongst first year players.
The Broyles Award selection process includes the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), broadcasters, a college football hall-of-fame selection committee and current college head coaches.