Ken Niumatalolo Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (October 10, 2016) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Navy Head Football Coach Ken Niumatalolo 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 Niumatalolo has achieved unprecedented success as the coach of the Naval Academy, including this weekend’s impressive victory over Houston, which marks the school’s first top-10 win in more than three decades,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coach Niumatalolo embodies everything the Dodd Trophy stands for as the coach of one of our nation’s service academies and is a deserving honoree for this week’s award.”
Navy hosted No. 6 and undefeated Houston in a matchup of two American Athletic Conference heavyweights. The Midshipmen’s vaunted triple-option rushing attack shredded the nation’s top rush defense for more than 300 yards on the ground. Despite a late comeback effort, Navy held on for a 46-40 win. The win marked Navy’s first top-10 win since 1984 as the Midshipmen improve to 4-1 on the year.
Coach Niumatalolo is the winningest coach in Navy football history. He has led his team to bowl games in seven of his eight years at the helm and is 8-0 against rival Army. His on-the-field success has been matched in the classroom as Navy earned an impressive Academic Progress Rate score of 982 last year.
As a man of faith, Coach Niumatalolo has always been active in the community. He took two years off during his playing career at Hawaii to participate in a mission in California, working with the Spanish speakers of the region. Currently, he has a leadership role with his local church and does not hold meetings on Sundays so his coaches can spend time with their families.
“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is excited to honor Coach Niumatalolo after a huge upset win,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach Niumatalolo joins an esteemed list of honorees for this prestigious award and we look forward to seeing the Midshipmen continue to succeed this season under his leadership.”
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.
|2016 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners|
|3||Urban Meyer||Ohio State|
|5||Larry Fedora||North Carolina|
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.
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.