Dabo Swinney Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (October 6, 2015) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney 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.

“A previous winner of the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Year award, Coach Swinney has done remarkable things during his time as head coach at Clemson,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “The Tigers just beat a top-10 Notre Dame team in front of a national audience and continuously post APR scores that rank in the top-10; and his ‘All In Team’ does great work throughout the state.”

Since Coach Swinney has been at the helm, Clemson has achieved success in both the classroom as well as on the field. In 2014, the team registered an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 984 out of a possible 1,000, which ranked eighth in the country. On top of that, Clemson student-athletes had the fifth-best graduation success rate nationally. From 2011-2014, Clemson finished in the top-10 of APR scores and the final AP Top-25 Polls — the only FBS program that could make that claim.

One of Swinney’s biggest successes has been away from the football field with his “All In Team” Foundation. Created in 2009, the goal of the foundation is to raise awareness of critical education and health issues in order to change lives of people across the state of South Carolina. Within the foundation, they support five specific initiatives including breast cancer research, student mentors and LIFE programs at Clemson. To date, the foundation has raised more than $1 million.

On Saturday night, No. 12 Clemson defeated No. 6 Notre Dame 24-22 in Death Valley. With the victory, the Tigers remained undefeated and moved up to No. 6 in this week’s AP Top-25 Poll. Since his first full season as head coach in 2009, Swinney has directed Clemson to a 61-26 overall record (.701) and a conference record of 39-14 in the ACC. From 2011-2014, Clemson registered 42 wins, which is good for the most wins in a four-year period in school history.

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 2015 Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Honorees Include:

Week 1 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern Big Ten Read more
Week 2 Mark Dantonio Michigan State Big Ten Read more
Week 3 David Shaw Stanford Pac-12 Read more
Week 4 Jim Mora UCLA Pac-12 Read more
Week 5 Dabo Swinney Clemson ACC Read more

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.

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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.bobbydoddfoundation.com.

ABOUT THE CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and is one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host games of top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has sold out 18 of the last 20 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 55% of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has disbursed more than $137 million in team payouts over its 47-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17.5 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.