The Dodd Coach of the Week Award honors the football coach whose team best embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the field during the previous week.
“Coach Richt is a hands-on coach who really pushes his players to have success in every facet of their lives,” said Jim, Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “His philosophy of coaching on and off the field reflects the values The Dodd Trophy celebrates.”
Under Coach Richt’s leadership, last week, senior receiver Chris Conley was named as one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, an award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Conley was also named to the SEC Community Service Team, as well as the American Coaches Association (AFCA) Allstate AFCA Good Works Team earlier in the season. Additionally, he is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the Wooden Citizen Cup. On the field, Conley leads the Bulldogs with a season-high five touchdowns, averaging 46.4 yards per game.
As a team, Richt’s Bulldogs boast an 82% graduation rate and an Academic Progress Score of 967.
Richt also works to create the total athlete during an athlete’s time at Georgia by emphasizing the importance of success on the field, while also working to prepare players for life after football. Most recently, Richt created the Paul Oliver Network, which helps players transition from the gridiron to the work force through networking, educational and career development, and financial management seminars.
On the field, Georgia picked up a 34-7 win over Auburn last weekend, expanding its record to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference. With the win, the Bulldogs are back in SEC Championship mix and New Year’s Six bowl discussions.
The annual Dodd Trophy – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a team that enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
The winner of the 2014 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 2014 season.