Dodd Trophy Celebrates Welsh’s 25th Anniversary of Winning Award
Welsh to be recognized during Cavaliers’ home game against Louisville
ATLANTA (October 26, 2016) – The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will celebrate legendary coach George Welsh’s 25th anniversary of winning the national coaching award on October 29 during the Virginia Cavaliers’ home football game against Louisville.
“Coach Welsh’s tenure as the head coach at Virginia, and really his entire career, is remarkable,” said Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall. “Having the opportunity to meet many of the players he coached, they hold him in very high regard for how he helped to make them better players and how he shaped them as young men.
“I am delighted to have the Bobby Dodd Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl honor him this week on the 25th anniversary of his being named the national coach of the year.”
The Dodd Trophy celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also representing programs with the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership and integrity on and off the field – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.
Coach Welsh was awarded The Dodd Trophy in 1991 after an 8-3-1 season at Virginia that was capped off with an appearance in the Gator Bowl. That season, two Cavaliers were named All-Americans, while five others earned Academic All-ACC recognition for their work in the classroom.
During his tenure as head coach of Virginia from 1982-2000, Coach Welsh led the Cavaliers to an impressive overall record of 134–86–3, including two ACC titles and 12 bowl appearances.
“It’s our honor to be able to celebrate a legendary head coach like George Welsh,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate his 25th anniversary of winning The Dodd Trophy with the Cavalier faithful in Charlottesville.”
“Coach Welsh’s commitment to excellence at the University of Virginia left a legacy not only on the football field, but in the classroom as well,” said Gary Stokan, President & CEO of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. “His leadership and guidance impacted the lives of countless student athletes who played under his direction.”
Since 2014, officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have celebrated the major anniversaries of previous winners of The Dodd Trophy by honoring them on-field during a game on their campus. Last year, legendary coaches Vince Dooley (Georgia), Bobby Bowden (Florida State) and Bobby Ross (Georgia Tech) were all recognized at their respective schools.
The winner of the 2016 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 2016 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.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.
About the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts during its 48-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $19.8 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/CFAPeachBowl.