2:02 PM EST, November 29, 2011
From a record of 4-8 last season to 8-4 this year, it was quite a turnaround for the Virginia Cavaliers, and that was enough to earn Mike London ACC Coach of the Year honors as announced by the conference Tuesday.
London follows in the footsteps of his predecessor Al Groh, who won the award in 2002 and again in 2007.
In his second season in Charlottesville, London's team was picked near the bottom of the ACC's preseason standings but finished second in the Coastal Division.
The Cavaliers are bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. London will receive a $25,000 bonus for winning the award.
Frank Beamer was second in the balloting and Clemson's Dabo Swinney third.
The Tigers Sammy Watkins was named the offensive and overall Rookie of the Year in the conference.
The wide receiver set league records for a freshman with 72 receptions, 1,073 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
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