Bobby Wilder Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Wilder recognized for upset win over Virginia Tech and service in the Norfolk community

ATLANTA (Sept. 25, 2018) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Old Dominion Head Football Coach Bobby Wilder has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award 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 Wilder and the Monarchs secured their first win of the season after scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 13 Virginia Tech 49-35 in Norfolk. The victory marked the first time a Conference USA team knocked off a ranked opponent since Houston defeated No. 22 Penn State in 2012.

“Bobby Wilder defied the odds this week with his win against Virginia Tech,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “This was a historic victory for his program.  The only way things like this happen is for a team to have the right kind of leadership at the top.”

Bobby Wilder grew the Old Dominion football program from an FCS start-up to an FBS program in just six years. During his tenure as head coach at Old Dominion, Wilder has led the Monarchs to a 73-40 record in nine seasons, including two FCS playoff appearances and the program’s first-ever bowl game. Wilder is currently the 11th longest tenured head coach in the country and the second longest tenured coach in Conference USA.

“When you build a program from the ground up, like Coach Wilder has, there’s a chance to create a culture that does things the right way,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gray Stokan. “Much like Coach Dodd, he has created that culture, and really invests in his players and the Norfolk community.”

In addition to his efforts on the field, Wilder has ensured the Old Dominion football program is active in the local Norfolk community. The Monarchs host an annual bone marrow registry drive that has helped register more than 1,000 members of the ODU student body, faculty and the Hampton Roads community. The Monarchs also actively volunteer with the Special Olympics, host youth clinics and participate in reading and career days at many of the area’s elementary and middle schools.

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.

2018 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Gus Malzahn Auburn
2 Mike Bobo Colorado State
3 Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
4 Bobby Wilder Old Dominion

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 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.