This past May, LSU head coach Les Miles rappelled off a building. A 24-story one in downtown Baton Rouge no less.
And all in the name of charity.
Along with a police superintendent and Miss Louisiana 2012 herself, Lauren Vizza, the trio rappelled down the 308-foot building One American Place. With nearly 500 children ready for adoption in the state of Louisiana alone, Miles and company, in conjunction with the Louisiana Family Forum, helped to connect 100 children to permanent families.
"The view from the top of the building was special," said Miles. "As I went down, people would take photos from their offices and wave. It was a fun time and I felt comfortable going off the ledge. It was just a great cause to be a part of."
Such epitomizes precisely why Les Miles is so revered, not just amongst his supporters in LSU circles, but nationally. With a 2011 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year honor already to his name, it's no wonder that LSU's head coach is once again back on the short list for the award that recognizes coaches for their off-the-field activities as much as on them.
A 92-23 LSU career record aside, Miles, who makes it a priority for his staff and players to give back to the community through appearances at schools, hospitals, and numerous other charitable causes, is everything a program diplomat could aspire to be.
With 20 fourth quarter and overtime comeback wins at LSU, nothing almost ever comes easy for the Bayou Bengals under Miles. But when it comes to having someone represent your school in the public the right way, there are few better in the business than LSU's head coach.
Whether you're on the road in the heart of SEC country on a Saturday night or battling Top 25 foes in a January bowl, there aren't many you'd choose over Louisiana State's head coach, Les Miles. And when it comes to giving back to the community and making sure outreach is held in the same regard as winning, you couldn't do wrong by Miles either.
Help support Coach Miles for Liberty Mutual's Coach of the Year Award, whose dedication and commitment are felt beyond the field of play, helping to promote academic excellence among their student-athletes and through charitable acts in their communities. You can back him at CoachofTheYear.com, or submit your vote on Facebook at Facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear.