Brian Kelly Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Kelly recognized for top-10 win over Stanford and exemplary service in the community.

ATLANTA (Oct. 3, 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. 8 Notre Dame scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 7 Stanford 38-17 on Saturday. The game marked Notre Dame’s first win in a matchup of top-10 opponents at Notre Dame Stadium since a 31-24 defeat of No. 1 Florida State on Nov. 13, 1993. This is also the first time the Irish have opened 5-0 in a given season with multiple wins over ranked opponents since 2002.

“With Saturday’s dominating performance against Stanford, Brian Kelly has now set a new Notre Dame record for wins in the month of September with five,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Getting his team ready for Stanford, with a relatively new quarterback, is an impressive feat.”

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 224 career wins and also owns the ninth-best career winning percentage (.712) 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 GSR graduation rates. 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 proven himself a great leader not only on the field, but also off the field when it comes to community involvement,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “Kelly is a dedicated supporter of several charitable organizations and has given so much to those in need through his foundation. Coach Dodd would be proud of all that he has accomplished.”

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.

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
5 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 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.