Duke's David Cutcliffe Named 2013 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year

By: Chick-fil-A Bowl
By: Chick-fil-A Bowl

ATLANTA, GA -- Officials of the The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award Foundation, Inc. and the Chick-fil-A Bowl will announce during halftime of the Chick-fil-A Bowl that Duke University Head Football Coach David Cutcliffe was unanimously selected as the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year for 2013. Today before the Head Coaches Press Conference a former press conference was held to present Coach Cutcliffe with the award which 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 Cutcliffe for this very prestigious coaching award,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Dodd Foundation. “Coach Cutcliffe 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 Cutcliffe. And, congratulations to the entire Duke University football team, staff, administration, students and fans for having completed their first 10-win season in the history of the school.”

“We are excited and proud to be associated with this prestigious coaching award, and we are thrilled at the selection of Coach Cutcliffe as the winner of the 2013 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 this past year, and he has exhibited strong leadership, scholarship and integrity characteristics and skills during his entire coaching career. Congratulations, Coach Cutcliffe.”

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 Cutcliffe led the Duke University Blue Devils to a very successful 10-3 season this year, and played in the ACC Championship game. Duke will be playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31 versus Texas A&M.

The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award 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 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 2013 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award to Coach David Cutcliffe will be made on the campus of Duke University during March/April 2014. 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.

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