Jim Harbaugh Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Harbaugh receives award after upset win versus No. 8 Notre Dame
ATLANTA (Oct. 28, 2019) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh 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.
Considering The Dodd Trophy represents more than just a coach’s performance on the field, a coach in his first year, who has not had a full season to establish his own impact on Academic Progress Rate (APR) and the local community, is not eligible to win.
No. 19 Michigan welcomed No. 8 Notre Dame to the Big House for the final matchup between the historic rivals until 2033. The Wolverines dominated the Fighting Irish 45-14 behind a rushing attack that gained 303 yards on the ground, and a stout defense that held Notre Dame to just 180 yards of total offense and 47 yards rushing.
The 31-point margin of victory was the third-largest for Michigan in the 44th game between the two programs. The win also marked Harbaugh’s first victory against Notre Dame as head coach of Michigan and represented his second win over a top-10 team.
“This was a statement game for the Michigan football program,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coach Harbaugh and his team thoroughly dominated an old rival and a top-10 team. This was the kind of challenge coach Dodd would have loved, rallying his team for a critical win after a disappointing loss on the road at Penn State the week before.”
Harbaugh was named Michigan’s 20th head football coach on Dec. 30, 2014. As a former quarterback for the University of Michigan, he was the sixth former player to be named head coach of the Wolverines. He arrived in Ann Arbor following a successful stint with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, where he led the team to three-consecutive trips to the NFC Championship Game and one Super Bowl appearance. As coach of the 49ers, he tallied an impressive 49-22-1 record over four years.
Prior to the NFL, he had success turning around the Stanford football program. In the year before he took over, the Cardinal went 1-11. Following Harbaugh’s hire, Stanford improved in every year, culminating with a 12-1 season in his fourth year and a victory in the FedEx Orange Bowl in 2010.
Harbaugh is now in his fifth season as Wolverines head coach. In three of his first four years in Ann Arbor, Michigan has finished with 10-win seasons and has appeared in bowl games all four years.
While Harbaugh has helped Michigan remain a prominent force on the field, he has also been committed to the academic success of his players off of it. Under his leadership, Michigan football’s Academic Progress Rate (APR), a measure of academic performance year-over-year, has averaged 989 out of 1000.
Harbaugh has also consistently taken initiative to be involved in the community and use the power of sports to make an impact on those in need. In 2015, he and the University of Michigan announced the “Youth Impact Program,” a program for helping at-risk youth in inner cities by teaching them life skills and emphasizing education. He is also on the “Leaders Council” for a national initiative led by the Legal Services Corporation to help the poor receive legal aid.
“Everywhere that coach Harbaugh has gone, he has instilled principles that align very closely with those of coach Dodd,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. “He cares as deeply about the growth and personal development of the young men that he coaches as he does about winning on the field, and that is why he is one of the nation’s best.”
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.