Bret Bielema Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (September 12, 2016) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Arkansas Head Football Coach Bret Bielema has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.
The Dodd 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 Bret Bielema is a perfect example of achieving success both on and off the field,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coming off a fantastic road win early in the season against a ranked opponent, we wish Coach Bielema and Arkansas continued success on the field and in the classroom this season.”
Bielema’s Razorbacks went on the road to knock off No. 15 TCU 41-38 in double overtime, moving to 2-0 on the year and jumping to No. 24 in this week’s AP Poll. The win snapped TCU’s 14-game home winning streak and was the fifth time since 2014 that an unranked Arkansas team defeated a ranked opponent.
Bielema has built his programs both at Arkansas, and previously at Wisconsin, by recruiting what he calls “uncommon men,” or individuals who exceed normal expectations and are held to higher standards. These student-athletes posted a 2.94 team GPA in the spring of 2015, setting an Arkansas team record. During Bielema’s three seasons as the Razorbacks’ head coach, Arkansas has led the Southeastern Conference with 100 student-athletes on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. The team had 40 honorees in 2015 alone, which is the most by one school since Bielema joined the league.
In each of his three seasons at Arkansas, Bielema has improved his program’s APR score, finishing with a 952 last season. During his tenure at Wisconsin, Bielema’s success translated to the classroom as well with 131 academic all-conference selections in seven seasons.
“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is thrilled to honor Coach Bielema after a huge win for the Arkansas program,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach Bielema’s athletic and academic record speaks for itself and he is exactly the kind of coach the Dodd Trophy aims to acknowledge.”
The annual Dodd Trophy – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
The winner of the 2016 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week. 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 2016 season.
Bielema joins Wisconsin Head Football Coach Paul Chryst, who was the previous week’s Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week honoree.
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.bobbydoddfoundation.com.
About the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts during its 48-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 $19.8 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at www.Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.