Nick Saban Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Saban recognized for statement win and contributions to the community.
ATLANTA (Nov. 6, 2018) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban 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 Saban and the Crimson Tide solidified their spot at the top of the rankings and clinched the SEC West this weekend with a shutout over No. 3 LSU 29-0 at Tiger Stadium. Saban now owns an 41-7 (.854) record with the Crimson Tide in SEC road games and the win represented his 22nd career victory against a team ranked in the top five of the Associated Press Top 25, the most in college football history. The win also marked Saban’s 79th career wins vs. Associated Press Top 25 teams, which is third most all-time.
“It’s easy to take a win like this for granted and say everyone expected it,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “But we believe this was a statement win for the Crimson Tide that has set them up for yet another College Football Playoff appearance.”
Saban is in his 12th season as head coach of the Crimson Tide, where he’s won a total of five national championships and five SEC championships. Saban has gone 125-14 (.899) in the past 10 seasons in Tuscaloosa (2008-17), which is the best of any major college school over a 10-year span since Bud Wilkinson and Oklahoma in the late 1940s through the late 1950s. Alabama’s 125 wins under Saban over the past decade are also the most for any FBS school during a 10-yard span in the Associated Press poll era (since 1936).
In addition to his efforts on the field, Coach Saban has led his program in the classroom ranking second in the SEC academically with an Academic Progress Rating (APR) of 984. The Crimson Tide is ranked 14th out of all FBS schools for APR and tied for fourth among SEC football programs in Graduation Success Rate (GSR). Alabama was among seven recipients of the 2017 American Football Coaches Association Academic Achievement Award, a first for the Tide. Last fall, the Tide also ranked among national leaders with 25 graduates on its roster during postseason play and finished second in the number of football student-athletes being named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll with 10 honorees.
“Coach Saban had his team ready to play in what was probably Alabama’s biggest game of the regular season,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “Keeping his team focused and being ready compete in a very tough environment is the type of preparation that Coach Dodd exemplified.”
Since his arrival at the University of Alabama, Nick and his wife, Terry, have helped raise roughly $8 million for his foundation called “Nick’s Kids,” which has been distributed to more than 250 charities and organizations throughout the state of Alabama and the Southeast. The Sabans have also built 17 homes, one for each of the Tide’s national championships, with Habitat for Humanity following the April 2011 tornado that struck Tuscaloosa.
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 for The Dodd Trophy at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will then be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.