Swinney named finalist for another Coach of the Year honor

Swinney named finalist for another Coach of the Year honor

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Swinney named finalist for another Coach of the Year honor

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been named a finalist for the Bobby Dodd Award as the National Coach of the Year.

Swinney is one of seven finalist for the honor. He was the recipient of the Bobby Dodd Award in 2011.

Swinney, who led the Tigers to a fourth straight College Football Playoff appearance and a fourth straight ACC Championship as well, won the Woody Hayes Award last week as National Coach of the Year, as well as won the award for ACC Coach of the Year.

He also was named Tuesday as the ACC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.

Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced the finalists on Wednesday. Finalists include seven of the nation’s top coaches in college football who embody the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, both on and off the field.

This year’s finalists represent four conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC), along with Notre Dame, and have combined for a 2018 record of 75-9 during the regular season. Overall, the seven coaches have a combined 88 years of head coaching experience, seven national championships and 781 career wins among them.

“All of these finalists truly exemplify the type of leadership that Bobby Dodd valued and are noteworthy candidates to join the esteemed group of former Dodd Trophy recipients,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “We’re honored to have such a renowned list of finalists who truly embody Coach Dodd’s spirit, both on and off the field.”

Two former winners of The Dodd Trophy were included in the 2018 list with Nick Saban (2014) and Swinney being named finalists. Additionally, three of the coaches were finalists for last year’s award, including Pat Fitzgerald, Kirby Smart and Swinney.

The 2018 Dodd Trophy Finalists:

Coach

School

CFP Ranking

APR Score

Dino Babers

Syracuse

No. 20

967

Pat Fitzgerald

Northwestern

No. 22

997

Brian Kelly

Notre Dame

No. 3

966

Lincoln Riley

Oklahoma

No. 4

956

Nick Saban

Alabama

No. 1

984

Kirby Smart

Georgia

No. 5

963

Dabo Swinney

Clemson

No. 2

987

“This college football season was highlighted by outstanding coaching performances that greatly impacted the course of the season,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & president. “These seven coaches have distinguished themselves as finalists for this prestigious award, not only for having successful football seasons, but also for their efforts within their communities and commitment to empower their student athletes to succeed in the classroom as well.”

Finalists were selected by a panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member.

The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be selected from the list of finalists by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, and will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

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