Matt Campbell Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (Oct. 10, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Iowa State Head Football Coach Matt Campbell 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 Campbell and the Cyclones overcame a 14-point deficit to shock No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 Saturday afternoon on the road in Norman. The upset was Iowa State’s first-ever road win over an opponent ranked in the AP Top 5 and first win against the Sooners since 1990.

“Coach Campbell’s ability to quickly turn around the Iowa State football program and insert them into the college football conversation has been impressive,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “A win over Oklahoma is always big, but to do it on the road against the third-ranked team in the country is remarkable. A program-defining win in Norman this past weekend has the Cyclones poised to make some noise in the Big 12 this season.”

Campbell initiated his rebuilding plan and laid the foundation of future success in his first season as the head coach at Iowa State in 2016. During conference games last season, the Cyclones set school marks in Big 12 action in scoring (29.4) and total offense (439.8). He also led his team to two-straight Big 12 victories last November for the first time since 2013, including a 66-10 victory over Texas Tech. Before taking over at Iowa State, Campbell was honored as the 2015 MAC Coach of the Year for his success as the head coach at Toledo.

In addition to leading the Cyclones to success on the Field, Campbell’s team achieved an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 969 last season. Campbell and his team are also prominent in the local community. Most recently, Campbell and the Cyclones football team gave back to the fans and the community by volunteering at the Iowa Special Olympics this past spring.

“In just his second year as head coach of Iowa State, Coach Campbell has rebuilt the Cyclones’ program for success in a tough conference,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Not only has he led Iowa State to great success on the field, but Coach Campbell has instilled values in his players that will last long after their football careers are over.”

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.

2017 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Jim Mora UCLA
2 Lincoln Riley Oklahoma
3 Dan Mullen Mississippi State
4 Gary Patterson TCU
5 Mike Leach Washington State
6 Matt Campbell Iowa State

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 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

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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.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.

About Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 50-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 $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.