David Shaw Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (September 21, 2015) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Stanford Head Football Coach David Shaw 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.
“When you look at the level of success Coach Shaw has had both academically and on the field, it speaks to what kind of leader he is,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.
“To not only lead your program to multiple bowl appearances and Pac-12 Championships, but do it while carrying the nation’s highest graduation rate, it’s reflective of who we want representing this award.”
In the classroom, Coach Shaw has maintained the high level of academic expectations that come with being a Cardinal student-athlete. Over the past four years, Stanford Football has a 99% graduation rate, good for best in the country. Also under his tutelage, the team has posted an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 987 out of a possible 1,000, which is 5th best nationally. Furthermore, safety Jordan Richards become the university’s 12th National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete inductee last year.
This past week, unranked Stanford went on the road to USC and took down the No. 6 ranked Trojans by a score of 41-31. The victory propelled the Cardinal to a No. 21 ranking in this week’s AP Poll. Senior quarterback Kevin Hogan was named offensive Pac-12 Player of the Week after throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns in the upset. In his fifth year at the helm of the program, Shaw boasts a record of 44-13 overall and 29-8 in Pac-12 play. He notched 30 wins in his first 35 games, which was the third-fastest among active coaches, and was one of only three coaches to lead his team to BCS bowls in his first three years as a head coach.
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. Coach Shaw, who recognizes the importance of these tenets, said, “It’s hard to be a leader, but we are training young men to be leaders of leaders.”
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.
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.