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The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award is college football award given every year to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision head coach whose team does well on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. The award is named for Bobby Dodd. Dodd was head football coach at Georgia Tech. The award was made in 1976 to honor the values that Dodd held. Coaches who win the award are chosen by a committee of college football experts and all previous winners. The winner is announced during half-time of the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31 in Atlanta, Georgia. A formal presentation is held later, usually on the university campus of the winner.


Only Joe Paterno of Penn State has received the award twice, in 1981 and 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 University of Georgia
1977 Bo Schembechler University of Michigan
1978 Tom Osborne University of Nebraska
1979 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young University
1980 Bobby Bowden Florida State University
1981 Joe Paterno Penn State University
1982 George MacIntyre Vanderbilt University
1983 Ken Hatfield United States Air Force Academy
1984 Jim Wacker Texas Christian University
1985 Fisher DeBerry United States Air Force Academy
1986 Dick Sheridan North Carolina State
1987 Dick MacPherson Syracuse University
1988 Don Nehlen West Virginia University
1989 Bill Curry University of Alabama
1990 Bobby Ross Georgia Institute of Technology
1991 George Welsh University of Virginia
1992 Eddie Robinson Grambling State University
1993 Barry Alvarez University of Wisconsin–Madison
1994 Fred Goldsmith Duke University
1995 Gary Barnett Northwestern University
1996 Bob Sutton United States Military Academy
1997 Mike Price Washington State University
1998 Bill Snyder Kansas State University
1999 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech
2000 George O'Leary Georgia Institute of Technology
2001 Ralph Friedgen University of Maryland
2002 Jim Tressel Ohio State University
2003 Bob Stoops University of Oklahoma
2004 Paul Johnson United States Naval Academy
2005 Joe Paterno Penn State University
2006 Jim Grobe Wake Forest University
2007 Lloyd Carr University of Michigan
2008 Mack Brown University of Texas
2009 Gary Patterson Texas Christian University
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