Gary Patterson Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (December 2, 2015) – 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 award honors the football coach whose program embodies The Dodd Trophy’s three pillars: scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also enjoying success on the playing field during the previous week.

“Over the past 15 years, TCU has been one of the most successful and consistent football programs in the country, both on and off of the field,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Under Coach Patterson’s tutelage, the Horned Frogs have averaged more than nine wins a season and have continuously graduated their student-athletes at some of the highest rates in the nation. As a former Dodd Trophy winner who also has his own charitable foundation, Coach Patterson has earned the right to be recognized for this weekly award.”

Patterson’s success on the gridiron is also mirrored in the classroom for his players. In each of the last seven 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. Fourteen of the 18 seniors on last year’s Big 12 championship team had already earned their degree, while the other four finished within the year. New America, which publishes its rankings on, rated TCU as the No. 1 academic school among the 2014 college football top 25.

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. Since the foundation’s first significant initiative, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), became instituted at George C. Clarke Elementary, the school’s passing rate on state exams has grown from 40% to 95%. The Gary Patterson Foundation has reached and supported more than 25 local Fort Worth organizations.

This past Saturday night in rainy Fort Worth, TCU took down No. 7 Baylor 28-21 in double overtime to finish the regular season with an overall record of 10-2 and 7-2 in the Big 12. With the victory, the Horned Frogs climbed up four spots in the AP Top 25 Poll to No. 11. Currently in his 15th year at the helm, Patterson is the winningest head coach in TCU history with 142 wins. The Horned Frogs have won at least 11 games in eight of the last 12 seasons, including last year’s 12-1 mark which concluded with a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl victory. Patterson has coached 173 All-Conference selections, 15 first-team All-Americans and 17 Freshman All-Americans during his tenure.

The winner of The Dodd Trophy in 2009, his team compiled a perfect 12-0 regular season record and a berth to the Fiesta Bowl, where the Frogs ultimately fell 17-10 to Boise State. Patterson made history that year as the first non-BCS conference coach to also win the Associated Press Coach of the Year.

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.

This season’s Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Honorees include:

Week Coach School AP Ranking
(at time of win)
1 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern No. 20 Read more
2 Mark Dantonio Michigan State No. 7 Read more
3 David Shaw Stanford No. 15 Read more
4 Jim Mora UCLA No. 18 Read more
5 Dabo Swinney Clemson No. 5 Read more
6 Kyle Whittingham Utah No. 4 Read more
7 Justin Fuente Memphis No. 18 Read more
8 Paul Johnson Georgia Tech  n/a Read more
9 Brian Kelly Notre Dame No. 8 Read more
10 Nick Saban Alabama No. 3 Read more
11 Bob Stoops Oklahoma No. 7 Read more
12 Kirk Ferentz Iowa No. 3 Read more
13 Gary Patterson TCU No. 11  

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.


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. More information about The Dodd Trophy is available at

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