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Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award
Awarded forDivision I FBS head coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
LocationChattanooga, Tennessee
CountryUnited States
Presented byPeach Bowl (The selection is done by a committee of college football experts.)
First award1976
Most recentMike Norvell, Florida State (2023)

The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award is an annual college football award given to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision head coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. The award is named for Bobby Dodd, longtime head football coach at Georgia Tech and was established in 1976 to honor the values that Dodd exemplified. Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of college football experts and all previous recipients. The recipient is announced during halftime of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta. A formal presentation is held later, usually on the university campus of the recipient. Winners from the previous two seasons, as well as coaches in their first year at their current programs, are ineligible for the award.[1]


Two coaches have won the award twice: Bill Snyder of Kansas State University, won in 1998 and again in 2012, and Joe Paterno of Penn State who received the award in 1981 and again in 2005. Eight schools have had two different coaches given the award: Alabama with Bill Curry in 1989 and Nick Saban in 2014, Michigan with Bo Schembechler in 1977 and Lloyd Carr in 2007, Air Force with Ken Hatfield in 1983 and Fisher DeBerry in 1985, Georgia Tech with Bobby Ross in 1990 and George O'Leary in 2000, Northwestern with Gary Barnett in 1995 and Pat Fitzgerald in 2020, TCU with Jim Wacker in 1984 and Gary Patterson in 2009, Duke with Fred Goldsmith in 1994 and David Cutcliffe in 2013, and the Florida State Seminoles with Bobby Bowden in 1980 and Mike Norvell in 2023.

Year Coach School
1976 Vince Dooley Georgia
1977 Bo Schembechler Michigan
1978 Tom Osborne Nebraska
1979 LaVell Edwards BYU
1980 Bobby Bowden Florida State
1981 Joe Paterno Penn State
1982 George MacIntyre Vanderbilt
1983 Ken Hatfield Air Force
1984 Jim Wacker TCU
1985 Fisher DeBerry Air Force
1986 Dick Sheridan North Carolina State
1987 Dick MacPherson Syracuse
1988 Don Nehlen West Virginia
1989 Bill Curry Alabama
1990 Bobby Ross Georgia Tech
1991 George Welsh Virginia
1992 Eddie Robinson Grambling State
1993 Barry Alvarez Wisconsin
1994 Fred Goldsmith Duke
1995 Gary Barnett Northwestern
1996 Bob Sutton Army
1997 Mike Price Washington State
1998 Bill Snyder Kansas State
1999 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech
2000 George O'Leary Georgia Tech
2001 Ralph Friedgen Maryland
2002 Jim Tressel Ohio State
2003 Bob Stoops Oklahoma
2004 Paul Johnson Navy
2005 Joe Paterno (2) Penn State
2006 Jim Grobe Wake Forest
2007 Lloyd Carr Michigan
2008 Mack Brown Texas
2009 Gary Patterson TCU
2010 Chris Petersen Boise State
2011 Dabo Swinney Clemson
2012 Bill Snyder (2) Kansas State
2013 David Cutcliffe Duke
2014 Nick Saban Alabama
2015 Kirk Ferentz Iowa
2016 Mike MacIntyre Colorado
2017 David Shaw Stanford
2018 Brian Kelly Notre Dame
2019 Kyle Whittingham Utah
2020 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern
2021 Luke Fickell Cincinnati
2022 Willie Fritz[1] Tulane
2023 Mike Norvell Florida State[2]


  1. ^ a b "Willie Fritz Wins 2022 Dodd Trophy" (Press release). Peach Bowl, Inc. December 31, 2022. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  2. ^ "Mike Norvell Wins 2023 Dodd Trophy". 29 December 2023.