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Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award
Awarded forDivision I Football Bowl Subdivision head coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community
Presented byselection committee composed of college football experts
CountryUnited States
First awarded1976
Currently held byBill Snyder
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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 half-time of Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31 in Atlanta, Georgia. A formal presentation is held later, usually on the university campus of the recipient.


Two coaches have one the award twice: Bill Snyder of Kansas State University, won in 1988 and again in 2012, and Joe Paterno of Penn State who received the award in 1981 and again in 2005. Four schools have had two different coaches given the award: 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 and TCU with Jim Wacker in 1984 and Gary Patterson in 2009.

Year Coach School
1976 Vince Dooley Georgia
1977 Bo Schembechler Michigan
1978 Tom Osborne Nebraska
1979 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young
1980 Bobby Bowden Florida State
1981 Joe Paterno Penn State
1982 George MacIntyre Vanderbilt
1983 Ken Hatfield Air Force
1984 Jim Wacker Texas Christian
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 Penn State
2006 Jim Grobe Wake Forest
2007 Lloyd Carr Michigan
2008 Mack Brown Texas
2009 Gary Patterson Texas Christian
2010 Chris Petersen Boise State
2011 Dabo Swinney Clemson
2012 Bill Snyder Kansas State

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