December 31, 2012
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HEAD COACH BILL SNYDER NAMED BOBBY DODD COACH OF THE YEAR FOR 2012
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 Kansas State University Head Football Coach Bill Snyder was unanimously selected as the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year for 2012. The award is presented each year by the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
“Everyone associated with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation is thrilled at the selection of Coach Snyder for this very prestigious coaching award,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Dodd Foundation. “Coach Snyder 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 Snyder. And, congratulations to the entire Kansas State 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 Snyder as the winner of the 2012 Dodd Trophy,” added Gary Stokan, president of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. “He is an impressive, enthusiastic and successful head coach of one of the nation’s top programs who has exhibited strong leadership, scholarship and integrity skills in his entire coaching career. Congratulations, Coach Snyder.”
The annual Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year 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.
Coach Snyder led the Kansas State University Wildcats to a very successful 11-1 season this year, and will be playing in the BCS Fiesta Bowl on January 3.
The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) 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 2012 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award to Coach Bill Snyder will be made in Manhattan, Kansas in March 2013. The Dodd Trophy is presented annually by the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.bobbydoddfoundation.com.
More information on the Chick-fil-A Bowl is available at www.chick-fil-abowl.com.