Brian Kelly Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Kelly helps the Irish surge into the top 10 in both major polls and into the College Football Playoff discussion.

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.

“With the first College Football Playoff poll being released next week, Coach Kelly and the Irish put on a show against USC and will surely be a topic of discussion amongst this year’s selection committee,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.

Whether it’s on the field, in the classroom or out in the community, Brian Kelly has left his mark on the Notre Dame Football program. Coach Kelly and the Irish made their presence known last Saturday taking down Notre Dame’s most noted rival, No. 11 USC, 49-14 in front of a sold-out crowd. The victory propelled the Irish into the top 10 of both major polls and heightened their chances of making the College Football Playoff. Notre Dame outrushed the Trojans 377-76 to knock off its highest-rated opponent at Notre Dame Stadium under Kelly. Currently in his eighth season as head coach of the Irish, Kelly has secured 65 victories for Notre Dame, making him the winningest active coach in the FBS with 235 career wins.

During his impressive 35-year coaching career, Kelly’s coaching accolades extend far beyond the gridiron. In the classroom, Notre Dame student-athletes boasted an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 969 last season. Under Kelly’s leadership, Notre Dame also received the 2014 American Football Coaches Association Academic Achievement Award for its impressive 100 percent graduation rate for the freshman football student-athlete class of 2007.

Kelly is also deeply imbedded in his foundation, the Kelly Cares Foundation. Since its founding in 2008, the Foundation has donated nearly $3.5 million to support causes locally, nationally and globally. In June 2010, Brian and his wife Paqui made a $250,000 gift to Notre Dame in support of endeavors in research, academics and community engagement. Most recently, the Kelly family donated $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana to help fund a 20-bedroom house for families of seriously ill or injured children.

Kelly was recognized as one of 20 coaches named to the 2017 Dodd Trophy Midseason Watch List last week for his successes throughout the first part of the college football season. Additionally, Kelly was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week back in 2015 for Notre Dame’s victory over No. 21 Temple 24-20.

“Notre Dame is synonymous with excellence both in academics and on the gridiron,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach Kelly has continued this tradition of excellence and truly embodies the spirit of the award.”

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 Dan 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

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.

About Peach Bowl, Inc.
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.