Paul Johnson Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (October 27, 2015) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Georgia Tech Head Football Coach Paul Johnson has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The award honors the football coach whose program embodies The Dodd Trophy’s three pillars: scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also enjoying success on the playing field during the previous week.

“What an unbelievable way to win a football game on Saturday night for Paul Johnson and his players,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Defeating a top-10 team at home on the final play of the game is absolutely thrilling. Pair that with seeing how Georgia Tech’s APR has improved every year that he’s been there, and his involvement in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, he has earned the right to be recognized for this award.”

The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 and named for legendary Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Dodd. “It’s exciting to be able to honor a Georgia Tech head coach for the award that was started on the very same campus 39 years ago,” remarked Terry. Paul Johnson is also a previous winner of The Dodd Trophy, awarded to him after a 10-2 season in 2004 at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Since Coach Johnson was hired in 2008, he has made it a priority to stress the importance of academics to his players. As a result, Tech’s Academic Progress Rating (APR) score has risen every year under his tutelage. Most recently in 2014, the Yellow Jackets scored a 978 out of possible 1,000, which ranked 15th best in the nation. Furthermore, Georgia Tech has had two players receive the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship in the past three seasons, an impressive number considering they had eight all-time recipients of the scholarship.

Johnson also places an emphasis on charity and scholarship. Since 2009, the Georgia Tech duo of Johnson and former NBA player Jon Barry has won $637,500 in charity and scholarship from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge. This past season, the pair won its fourth title and $100,000, with half going to an endowed scholarship at Georgia Tech and the other half to the FCA Ministry at Georgia Tech. Coach Johnson has also partnered with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help raise funds to combat childhood cancer.

On Saturday night, Georgia Tech upset No. 9 Florida State 22-16 in Atlanta. Dubbed as the “Miracle on Techwood Drive,” the Yellow Jackets blocked a last-second field goal attempt by the Seminoles and returned it 78 yards for the game-winning touchdown as time expired. In eight years as head coach of Georgia Tech, Johnson has compiled a record of 61-40, including an 11-win season in 2014 that was capped off by a victory over Mississippi State in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Coach Johnson is the first coach ever named ACC Coach of the Year in his first two seasons in the league and won more games in his first six seasons than any other coach in Georgia Tech history.

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

This season’s Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Honorees include:

Week Coach School AP Ranking
(at time of win)
 
1 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern No. 20 Read more
2 Mark Dantonio Michigan State No. 7 Read more
3 David Shaw Stanford No. 15 Read more
4 Jim Mora UCLA No. 18 Read more
5 Dabo Swinney Clemson No. 5 Read more
6 Kyle Whittingham Utah No. 4 Read more
7 Justin Fuente Memphis No. 18 Read more
8 Paul Johnson Georgia Tech    

The winner of the 2015 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 2015 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. More information about The Dodd Trophy is available at TheDoddTrophy.com.

ABOUT THE CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and is one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host games of top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has sold out 18 of the last 20 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 55% of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has disbursed more than $137 million in team payouts over its 47-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17.5 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.