Gus Malzahn Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (September 26, 2016) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Auburn Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn 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.
“Coach Malzahn was an easy choice for this week’s Coach of the Week honors, as no one had a more thrilling win than his Auburn Tigers,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the year Foundation. “Any time an unranked team can beat a ranked team it’s a big accomplishment, but for Auburn this was truly a must-win game.”
Auburn hosted No. 18 LSU as Coach Malzahn was looking to lead his team to its first home SEC win since 2014. In what turned out to be a defensive struggle, Auburn netted six field goals and survived a last-second comeback attempt to hold on for the 18-13 win. Auburn moves to 2-2 on the year and scored a crucial SEC West victory.
Malzahn led Auburn to the BCS National Championship in his very first year at the helm of the program. His on-the-field success has been matched in the classroom as Auburn earned an impressive Academic Progress Rate score of 982 last year.
The fourth-year Auburn coach is also known to trade in his headset for a set of golf clubs as a way to give back to the community. He has been involved in a number of charitable golf events during his tenure at Auburn including hosting the Gus Malzahn Children’s Charity Classic and participating in events such as the Kevin Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge.
“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is excited to honor Coach Malzahn after such a big win for his program,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach Malzahn joins a first-class list of nominees for this prestigious award and we wish him continued success this season.”
The annual Dodd Trophy – 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.
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.
Malzahn joins Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Bret Bielema (Arkansas), and Urban Meyer (Ohio State) as previous Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week honorees.
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 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/ChickfilAPeachBowl.