Jim Mora Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (September 30, 2015) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that UCLA Head Football Coach Jim Mora 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.
“When we select our Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week, we have a set of criteria that we look at and Coach Mora just knocked it out of the park,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “His team just registered a big conference win against a top-25 opponent; academically his student-athletes have an exceptional graduation rate; and finally, the work he and his family do with their foundation is very admirable.”
Since Jim Mora has taken over the UCLA program, the Bruins have not only performed at a high level on the field, but in the classroom as well. As a team, they have posted an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 975 out of a possible 1,000. Furthermore, last season their student-athletes claimed the third-best graduation success rate nationally.
Away from the gridiron, Mora and his wife, Shannon, founded the Jim Mora Count on Me Family Foundation in 2005. The foundation strives to support children in need by affording them the opportunity to realize their potential and dreams, help create more stability in their lives, support advocacy for children, and support channels that allow children to have a voice. This past year, he hosted the ninth annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic which raised $550,000 for the Count on Me Foundation.
“This type of recognition, while certainly an honor, is far less about me and more so reflects our young men’s dedication to being the best they can possibly be both athletically and academically, their commitment to overcoming adversity and the individual sacrifices they make on a daily basis to pursue greatness together as a team,” said Coach Mora this week.
On Saturday night, UCLA picked up a huge conference win on the road at No. 16 Arizona, defeating the Wildcats 56-30. With the victory, the Bruins remain undefeated and check in at No.7 in this week’s AP Top-25 Poll. In 2014, Coach Mora guided the Bruins to the ninth 10-win season in school history, matching the school record for wins in a season. It marked the third straight year in which Mora’s Bruins had produced at least nine wins, a first in program history. Mora is in his fourth year as head coach and boasts an overall record of 33-11.
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.
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.
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 is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and is one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host games of top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has sold out 18 of the last 20 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 55% of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has disbursed more than $137 million in team payouts over its 47-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17.5 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.