Gary Patterson Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (Sept. 25, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.
The Dodd Trophy 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.
Coach Patterson and the No. 16 Horned Frogs upset No. 6 Oklahoma State on the road 44-31 in its Big 12 Conference opener on Saturday. TCU is now 4-0 for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons and the eighth time overall under Coach Patterson. For its efforts, the Horned Frogs were the biggest movers in the Associated Press poll this week moving up seven spots to No. 9. TCU also climbed the ranks four spots in the Amway USA Today Coaches poll to improve to No. 11.
“As a former Dodd Trophy winner, Coach Patterson has built the Horned Frogs football program into consistent contenders,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Saturday’s impressive victory over the Cowboys has TCU poised for another Big 12 title run this year.”
In his 17th season at the helm for the Horned Frogs, Patterson is TCU’s all-time winningest football coach with 153 victories. Patterson has totaled 20 national coach of the year awards over the last eight years, including 10 in the 2014 season and nine in 2009 when he led TCU to its first BCS game. The second-longest tenured head coach in the FBS, he is one of just two active coaches with 152 or more victories at their current schools. Patterson has led TCU to conference championships in three different leagues (C-USA, Mountain West, Big 12) and won coach of the year honors in all three conferences. He was also named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Year back in 2009.
Patterson’s success on the gridiron is also mirrored in the classroom where TCU achieved an Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 955 last season. In eight of the last nine seasons, TCU has been recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as one of the nation’s leaders in its graduation rate for student-athletes.
Away from the football field, the Gary Patterson Foundation is dedicated to supporting youth organizations across the greater Fort Worth area. Its main focus is to support economically disadvantaged children by providing funding for programs and scholarships that focus on education, life skills and health and family issues. In total, the Gary Patterson Foundation has reached and supported more than 25 local Fort Worth organizations.
“Coach Patterson has continued to lead his team to numerous achievements both on and off the field,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “We are proud to recognize a coach that dedicates his time to not only his players, but also to the greater Forth Worth community as well.”
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.
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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 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.
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 Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 50-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 $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.