Brian Kelly Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (November 2, 2015) – 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 award honors the football coach whose program embodies The Dodd Trophy’s three pillars: scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also enjoying success on the playing field during the previous week.

“Notre Dame student-athletes consistently perform at a high level on and off the field and you can credit Coach Kelly for a big part of that,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “They just won a tough road game against a top-25 opponent to keep themselves in contention for what looks like to be an exciting finish to the season. Combine that with some of the nation’s best graduation rates and a passion for giving back to the community through the Kelly Cares Foundation and it is reflective of the type of person and leader Brian Kelly is.”

Since Coach Kelly took over as head coach in 2010, Notre Dame has ranked near the top of the country in not only athletics, but also academics. Its Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 978 out of a possible 1,000 ranks 15th in the nation and in 2014, the team posted a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 which was good for second-best in the country, just behind Stanford. In 2012, under Kelly’s tutelage, Notre Dame had two football student-athletes selected as members of the Capital One Academic All-America Football Team, the first time the school had two first team members since 1987.

Coach Kelly and his wife Paqui established the Kelly Cares Foundation that focuses on three areas: breast cancer research, education and institutional advancement and community involvement. Kelly co-hosts the Annual Irish Legends Golf Classic with former Notre Dame coaches including Lou Holtz and he also holds a ‘Football 101’ clinic that has brought in more than 1,200 women to learn about Notre Dame football and get a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities, with proceeds benefitting breast cancer prevention, awareness and early detection initiatives. In June of 2010, the Kelly family made a $250,000 donation to the University of Notre Dame in support of cancer research, the Hesburgh Libraries and the Robinson Community Learning Center, an outreach that serves at least 500 youth and adults each week.

On Saturday evening, Notre Dame traveled to Philadelphia and defeated the No. 21 Temple Owls 24-20 in front of a sold out Lincoln Financial Field. With the victory, the Fighting Irish improved their record to 7-1 and moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll. In his fifth year as head coach at Notre Dame, Kelly has put together an overall record of 44-16. He guided the Irish to 37 wins through his first four years on campus, more than any other coach in school history through four seasons and was also the first coach in Notre Dame history to lead the Irish to bowl games during each of his first four years. The 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 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.

This season’s Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Honorees include:

Week Coach School AP Ranking
(at time of win)
1 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern No. 20 Read more
2 Mark Dantonio Michigan State No. 7 Read more
3 David Shaw Stanford No. 15 Read more
4 Jim Mora UCLA No. 18 Read more
5 Dabo Swinney Clemson No. 5 Read more
6 Kyle Whittingham Utah No. 4 Read more
7 Justin Fuente Memphis No. 18 Read more
8 Paul Johnson Georgia Tech  n/a Read more
9 Brian Kelly Notre Dame No. 8  

The winner of the 2015 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 2015 season.


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. More information about The Dodd Trophy is available at

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