BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State football coach Rob Ash is again a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award.

Ash won the award last year in the Football Championship Subdivision and is one of five finalists for the 2012 award along with Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz. MSU hosts Sam Houston on Friday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

The Liberty Mutual award promotes charity and scholarship while also honoring coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off the field.

Finalists in the Football Bowl Subdivision level include Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Nick Saban of Alabama.