Paul Chryst Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Chryst recognized for success on the field, as well as the classroom and community.

ATLANTA (September 7, 2016) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Wisconsin Head Football Coach Paul Chryst has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd 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 Paul Chryst consistently reinforces the importance of focus in the classroom and dedication to the community, while also pushing his players to perform on the field,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “We’re proud to recognize his leadership and look forward to seeing his continued success this season.”

Wisconsin kicked off its season Saturday with arguably the most shocking result of the opening weekend, upsetting No. 5 LSU 16-14 at historic Lambeau Field. It was Wisconsin’s first-ever win against the Tigers and the first time the Badgers have defeated a Top-5 opponent since knocking off No. 1 Ohio State in 2010. The win propelled Wisconsin from unranked to a No. 10 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25, matching a record for the best season debut for a previously unranked team since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989.

Off the field, Wisconsin football players personify the term ‘student-athlete.’ Under Chryst’s leadership, the program ranked second among all FBS programs in the Academic Progress Rating (APR) with a score of 992 out of a possible 1,000.

Chryst is also active in the community. He and the Badgers run the annual “Football 101 for Women” event, which provides on-field coaching and drills to women, with all proceeds going to the South Central Wisconsin affiliate of Susan G Koman. Additionally, Chryst is involved with the annual George Chryst Classic, a charity golf outing hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where his father, George, was the long-time head coach. All funds raised from the event are put toward the renovation of Ralph E Davis Stadium and the addition of the George Chryst Football Locker Room.

“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is honored to manage and present the nation’s preeminent coach-of-the-year award, the Dodd Trophy,” said Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach Chryst is the first of many deserving candidates for this year’s award that embody the values of Coach Dodd.”

The annual Dodd Trophy – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a team that enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

The winner of the 2016 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week. 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 2016 season.

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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.bobbydoddfoundation.com.

About the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts during its 48-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 $19.8 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at www.Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.