Mike Leach Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (Oct. 3, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Washington State Head Football Coach Mike Leach 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.
In the first regular-season win over a top-five opponent in a quarter-century, Coach Leach and the No. 16 Cougars upset No. 5 Southern California 30-27 in front of a raucous crowd at Martin Stadium Friday night. Washington State’s Erik Powell kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:40 remaining to seal the victory for the Cougars. The last time a top five team was handed a loss by Washington State was 1992 when the Drew Bledsoe-led Cougars defeated rival Washington in a driving snowstorm. Washington State is now 5-0 for the first time since 2001 and enters the week ranked No. 11, its highest ranking since finishing the 2003 season ranked No. 9.
“Coach Leach led the Cougars to one of the most significant wins of the season thus far,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “This was a monumental moment for the program and a major statement from Washington State that it is a true contender for a Pac-12 title this year.”
In his sixth season at the helm for the Cougars, Leach is the first coach in school history to lead Washington State to three bowl games in his first five seasons and is also the fifth-winningest coach in program history. Under Leach’s guidance, the Cougar offense has led the Pac-12 in passing in four of its past five seasons and currently owns the nation’s second-best passing attack. Last season, Leach led WSU to eight-straight victories, which were the most since the 1930 campaign. In 2015, Leach earned the honor of being named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Leach’s success on the gridiron is also mirrored in the classroom where Washington State achieved an Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 964 and five student-athletes were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic teams last season. In all, Leach has coached 32 student-athletes who have achieved honors on the Pac-12 All-Academic teams.
“Coach Leach has a proven track record of success both on the field and in the classroom,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn.
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|
|3||Dan Mullen||Mississippi State|
|5||Mike Leach||Washington 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.
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.