ATLANTA — University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has been named to the Bobby Dodd Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
This year’s watch list includes 23 of the nation’s top college football coaches representing all Power Five conferences, as well as the AAC, Mountain West and two independents.
Ferentz is in his 21st year at Iowa and his 30th overall with the university. In 2018, Ferentz won his 144th game as Iowa’s head coach, surpassing Hayden Fry as the winningest football coach in program history. Ferentz, who won the Bobby Dodd Trophy in 2015, has a career record of 164-122, including 152-101 at Iowa.
The Dodd Trophy, college football’s most coveted national coaching award, celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity — the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy.
The watch list was created through a selection process by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, taking into consideration each program’s graduation rate, commitment to service and charity in the community, projected success for the 2019 season and Academic Progress Rate (APR). Coaches in the first year with their current team are ineligible to receive The Dodd Trophy.
“The Dodd Trophy is the most coveted coach of the year award because it looks beyond just the results on the field and measures the overall impact these coaches have had on their players, universities and communities,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “When determining candidates for the watch list, we carefully consider each coach’s commitment to the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity.”
The Hawkeyes open the 2019 season Aug. 31, hosting Miami, Ohio.