Herm Edwards Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week for a Second Time This Season
Edwards recognized for a second time after defeating No. 15 Cal on the road
ATLANTA (Sept. 30, 2019) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Arizona State head football coach Herm Edwards has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week for the second time this season. Edwards also received the honor earlier in the year after defeating a ranked Michigan State team on Sept. 14.
This is only the second time in the award’s history that The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week has been given to the same coach twice in a season. Brian Kelly, who received the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Year award last season, also won the Coach of the Week honor twice that same year.
The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award honors a football coach who led his team to a significant victory during the previous week, while also embodying the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
Edwards once again led his Arizona State team to a road win against a ranked opponent. No. 15 Cal was undefeated heading into its matchup with the Sun Devils, but Arizona State held on for a 24-17 victory behind a stifling defense that dominated the final quarter. The Sun Devil defense held the Golden Bears to just 11 yards in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Arizona State has now defeated ranked teams in consecutive road games for the second time in program history and the first since 1986. It marks only the third time in its history that Arizona State has defeated two ranked teams on the road in a season, joining the 1986 and 1997 teams.
Under Edwards, Arizona State has now defeated four ranked teams in the last two years.
“Herm Edwards is truly making his mark on the Arizona State program,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “To be named Coach of the Week twice in a season really shows how hard he and those players have worked. Success like this is no accident, and Coach Dodd would appreciate the leadership Coach Edwards has shown guiding this team.”
Edwards made his return to coaching last season after ten years away from the job, where he spent most of his time as an analyst on ESPN. Previously, he was an NFL head coach for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.
In his first stint as a college football head coach, Edwards has immediately made his impact felt not only on the football field, but in the classroom and the community as well. Arizona State’s Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures a program’s success in the classroom year-over-year, currently sits at 980, which ranks as one of the highest scores in the country.
Edwards remains active in numerous charitable and philanthropic endeavors as well, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF, along with his wife, Lia, who lives with Type I diabetes. He also created the Herman L. Edwards Family Youth Foundation in 1985 with the goal of making a direct impact on the lives of children on the Monterey Peninsula. Edwards has been recognized by multiple organizations for his work in the community, including the prestigious Walter Camp Foundation Man of the Year Award in 2012.
“Herm Edwards continues to impress and reach new milestones in Tempe,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. “Just two weeks ago, we talked about how Arizona State and Ray Anderson made a tremendous hire bringing Herm to ASU. He then followed that victory with an even more impressive win on the road against a ranked conference rival that happened to be his alma mater.”
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.
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 2019 season. The winner of the 2019 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during bowl week for this year’s College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.