Nick Saban

December 30, 2014

ATLANTA (Dec. 30, 2014) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban has been named the winner of the 2014 Dodd Trophy.

Presented annually by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, The Dodd Trophy, college football’s preeminent coach of the year award, honors the head football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field throughout the season.

“On behalf of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, we congratulate Coach Saban,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Dodd Foundation. “His success on and off the field this season made our decision an easy one. He represents the pinnacle of coaching achievement. At Alabama, he has not only built an exceptional football program, but has prepared a community of young men to be leaders in the world, ensuring that Coach Dodd’s legacy will continue for generations to come.”

“We’re proud to present college football’s most prestigious coaching award, and strongly believe in the tenets it represents,” added Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. “Coach Saban has long exhibited the ideals that are emblematic of Coach Dodd – leadership, scholarship and integrity – so we are honored to recognize him and the impact he has had on his student-athletes and on the Alabama community.”

Saban firmly believes in giving back to the community and does so via his foundation, the Nick’s Kids Fund, which has distributed more than $4 million to more than 150 charities since 2007. This year alone, Nick’s Kids has awarded more than $600,000 to state and local organizations.
As a team, Saban’s squad boasts an impressive Academic Progress Rate of 975, which ranks third in the SEC, and a graduation rate of 73%. 7 members of this year’s # 1 ranked team will have earned their master’s degree and together 22 student athletes that will play in the Sugar Bowl will graduate from Alabama.

With a head coach leading by example, members of the Crimson Tide squad have also thrived in the community. In November, quarterback Blake Sims was named Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team Player of the Week. Sims regularly volunteers at a local middle school, encouraging students to stay in school and also collects money from teammates for Project Angel Tree during the holiday season.

In addition, Landon Collins was named a 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalist. The Lott IMPACT Trophy honors college football’s best defensive player who best exemplifies the tenants of the award including integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity on and off the field.


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