Brian Kelly Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Kelly recognized for second time this season after win over 12th-ranked Syracuse

ATLANTA (Nov. 20, 2018) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly 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 Kelly and No. 3 Notre Dame scored 36 unanswered points to defeat No. 12 Syracuse 36-3 on Saturday in the Shamrock Series showdown at Yankee Stadium. This was the fourth time this season Notre Dame held an opponent under 250 yards of total offense, including  Northwestern (249 yards on Nov. 3), Pittsburgh (242 yards on Oct. 13) and Stanford (229 yards on Sept. 29). The win also marked the 12th consecutive win for the Irish, dating back to last season, which represents the program’s second-longest winning streak in the past 25 years.

“The Fighting Irish have proven to be a force to be reckoned with this season,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “With an undefeated record and five top 25 victories this season, this team is looking to remain in CFP contention to the very end.”

Kelly enters his ninth season as the 29th head coach of Notre Dame. Kelly holds the title for the winningest active coach in the FBS with 230 career wins and also owns the ninth-best career winning percentage (.718) among active NCAA FBS coaches. Kelly is the second-youngest and fifth-fastest coach to ever reach 200 career victories with at least five years of service or 50 victories at a school that was classified as a major college at the time. In 2013, Kelly led Notre Dame to the Bowl Championship Series title game and oversaw the first football program to be ranked both number one in the football polls and first in NCAA Graduation Success Rate. Kelly is also the only coach in school history to lead the Irish to at least eight victories over each of his first six seasons — a feat only 20 coaches have ever done at contract bowl eligible schools.

In addition to his efforts on the field, Coach Kelly has helped lead his program academically with an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 966 last season. Kelly has had several players earn Academic All-American honors, including Heisman Trophy finalist, Manti Te’o. Last year, Notre Dame finished tied for third among all FBS programs in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate standings.

“Coach Kelly has done an incredible job developing his program into one that can consistently compete at the highest level,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “Kelly is currently the winningest active coach in the FBS, while contributing to the community and building a program that encourages academics. He exemplifies everything Coach Dodd believed made a great football coach.”

Brian Kelly’s very own “The Kelly Cares Foundation” is in its ninth year and has established itself as a “Playbook for Hope.” The foundation invests resources to improve health and education throughout the community to strengthen and inspire hope. The Kelly Cares Foundation has donated nearly $3.5 million to local, national and global causes; including cancer research, disaster relief, Boys & Girls Club and many more.

Coach Kelly was also named The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week earlier this season for his 38-17 win over Stanford on Sept. 29.

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.