Kyle Whittingham Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Whittingham recognized for upset of Stanford, as well as academic leadership

ATLANTA (Oct. 9, 2018) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Utah Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Trophy 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 Whittingham and the Utes scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 14 Stanford 40-21 on Saturday in Stanford Stadium. The Utes stout defense yielded only 42 yards rushing and forced four turnovers that led to 17 points. Utah is now 2-0 against Stanford when the Cardinal is ranked in the Associated Press poll and are an impressive 4-0 all-time in Stanford Stadium.

“Coach Whittingham and the Utes had one of the most impressive defensive performances of the weekend to defeat Stanford for the fourth time in their last five matchups,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Whittingham has continuously shown impressive leadership throughout his 14 years as head coach of Utah.”

In his 14th season at Utah, Kyle Whittingham is the longest-tenured head coach in the Pac-12 and the third-longest tenured coach at the same school in the NCAA FBS. Whittingham, who came to Utah as an assistant coach in 1994, is in his 25th season on the coaching staff and has contributed to more victories (199) than any football coach in school history. Overall, Whittingham has a 114-58 head coaching record, including an 11-1 mark in bowl games. Whittingham ranks top-10 in all-time bowl victories by a head coach and currently holds the highest bowl win percentage (92 percent) in NCAA history.

In addition to his efforts on the field, Coach Whittingham has helped lead his program academically with an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 983 last season, which was tied for the 19th best score in the nation. Academic achievement has been a staple under Whittingham, highlighted by the program’s four Academic All-Americans during his tenure as head coach. The Utes also received the 2017 Academic Achievement Award from the American Football Coaches Association for recording a perfect 100 percent NCAA Graduation on Success Rate (GSR) that year.

“Managing a program that is not only successful on the field, but is also capable of winning academic achievement awards is not an easy task,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “Coach Dodd would be proud of Coach Whittingham’s emphasis on running a quality football program both on and off the field.”

2018 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Gus Malzahn Auburn
2 Mike Bobo Colorado State
3 Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
4 Bobby Wilder Old Dominion
5 Brian Kelly Notre Dame
6 Kyle Whittingham Utah

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 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.