Herm Edwards Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Edwards recognized with the award after defeating No. 18 Michigan State in East Lansing
ATLANTA (Sept. 17, 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.
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 led the Sun Devils into East Lansing and defeated the No. 18 ranked Michigan State Spartans, 10-7, with the help of a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. The win marks Arizona State’s first victory against a ranked, non-conference team on the road since 1997. The Sun Devils have now won their last five games against ranked, non-conference opponents dating back to 2011, including a victory over Michigan State at home last season.
Edwards, in only his second season with the team, has led Arizona State to its first 3-0 start since 2016 and just its third 3-0 start since 2008. He has now defeated three ranked opponents in just two seasons.
“The return of Herm Edwards to the sidelines is clearly paying dividends for the Arizona State football program,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coach Dodd would have great respect for what coach Edwards has done on the field and in the communities he calls home.”
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.
“When you hire a man like Herm Edwards, you understand his impact will run well beyond just winning on the field,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. “You would be hard-pressed to find an individual in the sport who exemplifies scholarship, leadership and integrity more than Herm.”
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.