Tom Herman Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (November 21, 2016) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Houston Head Football Coach Tom Herman 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 Herman and his Cougars came through in the spotlight on Thursday night, handily defeating the No. 5 team in the country,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coach Herman has achieved remarkable success since arriving at Houston and Thursday’s win is yet another impressive accomplishment.”

Houston hosted No. 5 Louisville in primetime on Thursday as the Cardinals looked to keep their playoffs hopes alive. However, it was the Cougars who got off to a fast start, building a 31-0 halftime lead while dominating on both sides of the ball. After weathering a brief Louisville comeback bid, Houston added a field goal and a safety closing out a 36-10 win. The victory was Houston’s second Top-5 win of the season, after knocking off then-No. 3 Oklahoma in the season opener. Houston has yet to lose at home under Herman’s watch, winning their 14th in a row at TDECU Stadium during Herman’s two-year tenure.

Coach Herman has seen immediate success since taking over the Houston program in 2015. He went 13-1 in his first campaign, winning the American Athletic Conference Championship and followed that up with an upset of No. 9 Florida State in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Thursday’s win improves his record to 22-3 in two seasons at Houston.

The Houston team has seen success in the classroom as well under Herman’s leadership.  In Herman’s first semester as head coach, the Houston Football program set the mark for most hours passed per student-athlete in a spring semester with an average of 13.5 hours per student-athlete. The team recorded its highest semester GPA in the last four years, and third-highest spring semester GPA in program history, to bolster its cumulative GPA to the second-highest mark in program history.

“We saw firsthand what Coach Herman’s team was capable of last year when his Cougars defeated Florida State to win the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach Herman certainly earned this week’s accolades with this impressive victory against Louisville, and we wish him and his team continued success for the remainder of the season.”

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.

2016 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Paul Chryst Wisconsin
2 Bret Bielema Arkansas
3 Urban Meyer Ohio State
4 Gus Malzahn Auburn
5 Larry Fedora North Carolina
6 Ken Niumatalolo Navy
7 Nick Saban Alabama
8 James Franklin Penn State
9 Charlie Strong Texas
10 Dan Mullen Mississippi State 
11 Pat Narduzzi Pittsburgh

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.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 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.