Mike Gundy Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Gundy recognized for Oklahoma State’s academic success and impressive win over Boise State
ATLANTA (Sept. 18, 2018) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Oklahoma State Head Football Coach Mike Gundy 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 Gundy and No. 24 Oklahoma State scored 10 unanswered points in the second half to defeat No. 17 Boise State 44-21 on Saturday. The victory marked the Cowboys’ third straight win in games versus opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 and also improved Gundy’s overall record in non-conference games to 48-11.
“Mike Gundy has done an exceptional job building a program that is consistently competitive on a year-to-year basis,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “The win against Boise State could be the start to a big season for the Cowboys this year.”
Mike Gundy was named Oklahoma State’s head coach in 2005 and is currently the fourth-longest tenured coach at his active school in the FBS. He was a four-year starter at OSU and led the Cowboys to two bowl wins as a quarterback in 1987 and 1988. Gundy ended his playing career as the Big Eight Conference’s all-time leader in passing and total offense. He began his coaching career at OSU in 1990 as a receivers coach and quickly made his way up to offensive coordinator during the 1994 season. He then became the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in Stillwater in 2001, before taking on the position of Oklahoma State’s head coach four years later.
During his tenure as head coach at Oklahoma State, Gundy has led to Cowboys to bowl appearances in 13 seasons, including four New Year’s Six bowl games. Since 2010, Oklahoma State has six seasons with at least 10 wins, an outright Big 12 title (2011) and a share of the Big 12 South title (2010). Gundy has led his program to an average of 9.8 wins per year since 2010 and ranks 10th nationally with 78 wins this decade.
“Mike Gundy is one of the most recognized names in college football and has shown a commitment to not only the football program, but to his community and to the young men who he coaches,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “Coach Gundy lives up to Bobby Dodd’s belief that coaching football is about more than just wins and losses. We’re proud to name him Coach of the Week.”
In addition to his efforts on the field, Gundy has helped lead his program academically with an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 969 last season. The Cowboys set a program record with 20 first-team Academic All-Big 12 selections in 2017. The three highest totals for first-team Academic All-Big 12 selections in Oklahoma State football history have come in the last three seasons, as the Cowboys had 13 players honored in 2015, 12 in 2016 and 20 in 2017.
Gundy and the Cowboys also actively participate in OSU’s community outreach effort “Orange & Black Gives Back.” The program was created in 2015 as a way for OSU’s Department of Athletics to build a foundation of service with an emphasis on improving the lives of those in the Stillwater community and across the state of Oklahoma.
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 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.