December 31, 2011
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY HEAD COACH DABO SWINNEY
NAMED BOBBY DODD COACH OF THE YEAR FOR 2011
Atlanta, Georgia:Officials of the The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award Foundation, Inc. announced during halftime of the Chick-fil-A Bowl that Clemson University Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney was unanimously selected as the 2011 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year presented by the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
“Everyone associated with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation is thrilled at the selection of Coach Swinney for this prestigious coaching award,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Dodd Foundation. “Coach Swinney has an outstanding reputation, and we respect his leadership on the field, as well as the many accomplishments of the team in the classroom and in life. He definitely fulfills the stringent requirements set for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. Congratulations, Coach Swinney. And, congratulations to the entire Clemson University football team, staff, administration, students and fans.”
“We are excited and proud to be associated with this prestigious coaching award, and we are thrilled at the selection of Coach Swinney as the winner of the 2011 Dodd Trophy,” added Gary Stokan, president of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. “He is an impressive, enthusiastic and successful young coach who has exhibited strong leadership, scholarship and integrity skills in all his coaching experiences.”
The annual Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year presented by the Chick-fil-A Bowl winner is determined by a vote from all previous winners of the award, plus a vote from a blue-ribbon panel made up from the “who’s who” in college football.
In addition to a successful 9-3 season and a trip to the Orange Bowl on January 4, the Clemson football program has been honored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for its Graduation Success Rate (GSR). Coach Swinney’s program is one of the top institutions nationally with a GSR of at least 75 percent. This marks the fourth time that Clemson has achieved this academic recognition.
The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Division 1 football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year 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.
The formal presentation of the 2011 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award presented by the Chick-fil-A Bowl to Coach Dabo Swinney will be made on the Clemson University campus in March 2012.
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December 20, 2011
BOBBY DODD COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD NOW PRESENTED BY CHICK-FIL-A BOWL
Atlanta, Georgia:In keeping with its commitment to scholarship and service, the Chick-fil-A Bowl today announced an elevated partnership with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. The award will now be known as the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award presented by the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
“The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award is the preeminent national award in coaching and we hope that the growing partnership with the Chick-fil-A Bowl will further enhance both brands,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “The primary tenets of this prestigious award are scholarship, leadership and integrity – characteristics we also embrace at the Chick-fil-A Bowl.”
Presented annually since 1976, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award is presented to Bowl Championship Series college football coaches whose programs enjoy 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. One of only three men elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player, Coach Dodd guided the Jackets to the national championship in 1952.
“This award recognizes the most outstanding head football coach in America and has a long history which includes some of the most iconic names in coaching,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Dodd Foundation.
Past recipients of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award include some of the biggest names in college football, such as Frank Beamer, Bobby Bowden, Tom Osborne, Bob Stoops and Bo Schembechler. Nine winners have won national championships since the award’s inception.
The 2011 winner will be announced December 31 on ESPN during halftime of the Chick-fil-A Bowl telecast. In early spring, Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Bowl officials will host a banquet on the winning coach’s campus to officially present him with the award.
The 44th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl will pit Virginia against No. 25 Auburn in an ACC vs. SEC rivalry game Dec. 31 in the Georgia Dome. The ACC leads the series against the SEC 10-9 since the rivals have played in Atlanta’s Bowl dating to 1992.
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