Dan Mullen Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (Oct. 8, 2019) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Florida head football coach Dan Mullen has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.
The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award honors a football coach who led his team to a significant victory during the previous week, while also embodying the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
Mullen and the No. 10 Florida Gators defeated No. 7 Auburn 24-13 in a top-10 SEC showdown this past Saturday behind a strong defensive performance that held the Tigers to only 2 of 14 on third-down attempts, while also forcing four turnovers and six three-and-outs.
The Gators have now won each of the last five matchups between two top-10 teams in the Swamp, and have won eight of their last 10 games against top-10 teams at home. The win was also the program’s 10th consecutive victory, which is its longest winning streak since the school-record 22 consecutive victories between the 2008-2009 seasons. Florida’s current winning streak remains the longest active streak in the SEC.
“Coach Mullen has quickly restored the Florida program to national prominence,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coach Dodd would be proud of his ability to turn around the program in such a short amount of time, while also remaining committed to excellence in the classroom and the community.”
Mullen accepted the position as head football coach at Florida in November 2017 after nine seasons leading the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He is more than familiar with the culture and standards expected at Florida as he served as offensive coordinator there from 2005-2008, where he won two BCS National Championships under head coach Urban Meyer.
Mullen led the Gators to a 10-3 record and a victory in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl during his first season with the team (2018), joining Galen Hall as the only other first-year head coach in school history to post a top-10 finish in the AP Poll. Under his leadership, the Gators achieved their second-largest turnaround in school history, winning six more games than the 2017 season.
On top of Florida’s return to prominence on the field, Mullen has ensured that the student-athletes on his team succeed in the classroom. Florida’s Academic Progress Rate (APR), a measure of academic performance year-over-year, sits at 975, a level that puts Florida in the top 50 nationwide.
Mullen has also been heavily involved in the community, primarily with his association with the Mullen Family 36 Foundation, which was created by Mullen to lend a helping hand to children in need. The foundation’s focus is on education, scholarship, the arts, athletics and health care. Established in 2011, the Mullen Family 36 Foundation has raised nearly $500,000 to date.
“In only his first year leading the Gators, we were fortunate enough to host Mullen and his team in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl last season and see first-hand what kind of program he is building at Florida,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. “At every level of that program, excellence is not only reinforced but expected, both on and off of the field.”
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.
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 2019 season. The winner of the 2019 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during bowl week for this year’s College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.