Bill Snyder Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Former Dodd Trophy Winner Upsets No. 13 Oklahoma State to Become Bowl-Eligible  

ATLANTA (Nov. 21, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Kansas State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

“Coach Snyder and the Wildcats secured a big victory to earn a bowl bid going into the final week of the season,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Snyder continues to reach new milestones as one of the most iconic and decorated coaches in the game.”

For the eighth consecutive year, and the 19th time under Coach Snyder, the Wildcats became bowl-eligible after coming out on top of No. 13 Oklahoma State 45-40 Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Kansas State picked up a road win over a top-10 opponent for the  first  time  since  2012  (Oklahoma)  and  also  won  on  the  road  against a top-10 opponent when being unranked itself for the first time since 2007 (Texas), and first time under Snyder. The win also gave Snyder his 122nd career Big Eight/12 victory to break his tie with Bob Stoops and move him into sole possession of second-place all-time.

Snyder, who was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in 2015 and named the 1998 and 2012 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, is in his 26th season at the helm of the Wildcats. Snyder has compiled a 208-110-1 (.654) record in 26 seasons at Kansas State, making him one of just six coaches to reach the 200-win mark coaching at only one school. He holds 169 more victories than any other coach in Kansas State history, and ranks first in the FBS in wins among coaches at their current schools, and second in total wins among active coaches. Additionally, Snyder has 122 conference wins to stand as one of four coaches with 100 Big 8/12 victories.

Coach Snyder has also seen great success off of the field in terms of academics. Kansas State boasted an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 975 last season. Additionally, the Wildcats have led the Big 12 Conference with 111 Academic All-Big 12 honorees over the last four years.

Snyder is also just as active off the field as he is on it. In 2015, he was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Mentoring Award by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership in recognition of his longstanding commitment to meeting the mentoring needs of young people in Kansas. He is also actively involved in nine different organizations throughout the community, including serving as chairman of the Kansas Mentors Council and Kansas Leadership Council.

“The Wildcats’ recent on- field performance against OSU was remarkable, but what is even more impressive is Coach Snyder’s strong presence off the field serving on various councils and boards,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn.  “We are proud of his leadership on and off the field, and look forward following the Wildcat’s post-season journey.”

The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

2017 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Jim Mora UCLA
2 Lincoln Riley Oklahoma
3 And Mullen Mississippi State
4 Gary Patterson TCU
5 Mike Leach Washington State
6 Matt Campbell Iowa State
7 Dino Babers Syracuse
8 Brian Kelly Notre Dame
9 Urban Meyer Ohio State
10 Kirk Ferentz Iowa
11 Gus Malzahn Auburn
12 Bill Snyder Kansas State

A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

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About the Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.

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Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 50-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.