March 7, 2012
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney will receive the 2011 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award during a dinner and awards presentation at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award is annually presented to the Football Subdivision head coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The award is named for Bobby Dodd, the longtime head coach at Georgia Tech.
Swinney is the first Clemson football coach to win a National Coach of the Year honor since 1981 when Danny Ford was named National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association. Swinney is the first Clemson coach to win the Bobby Dodd Award.
This season Swinney coached Clemson to its first ACC Championship in 20 years, its first 10-win season in 21 years, and its first bid to the Orange Bowl since 1981.
The Tigers had four wins over top 25 teams this year, a school record for one season and tied for second most in the nation in 2011. The list of wins over ranked teams included the 38-10 win over the third ranked Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on December 3. That victory tied for the highest ranked team Clemson has defeated in its history.
Swinney is the first Clemson coach in any sport to win a national coach of the Year honor since Larry Penley was the unanimous National Coach of the Year of college golf in 2003 when the Tigers golfers won the National Championship.
A limited number of tickets for the dinner and award presentation are available for purchase at $50 per person through clemsontigers.com or through the Clemson Ticket Office at 1-800-CLEMSON or 864-656-2118. To order the tickets on line go to ClemsonTigers.com, and go to “Buy Tickets Online.” Click on “Promotions” and enter code: coachdabo.
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