ATLANTA – University of Miami head football coach Mark Richt was among the 20 coaches selected to the preseason watch list for the 2018 Dodd Trophy, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced Wednesday.
The Dodd Trophy 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.
Richt, a finalist for the 2017 Dodd Trophy, has posted a 19-7 record over his first two seasons as Miami's head coach, the third-best start in program history. The Hurricanes won 10 games in 2017, climbing as high as second in the College Football Playoff rankings. Miami captured the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division for the first time in its history and earned an invitation to the Capital One Orange Bowl for the first time in 13 years. Richt won 2017 ACC Coach of the Year honors and was also named the 2017 Walter Camp Coach of the Year.
Off the field, Richt has energized the program, from supporting the fundraising efforts for the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility to launching The U Network, which assists former Hurricanes in networking and career placement after their playing careers have concluded. Miami was one of three schools, along with Stanford and Northwestern, to earn the 2016 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award. In addition, the Hurricanes ranked first among all FBS programs in 2016 in the NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition, helping Miami finish first among Division I schools overall in 2018.
Hurricanes in the community:
This beautiful snap by @sambinding
is the final winner for @igersbristol
photo competition this week and what a shot to end on! Thank you so much to everyone who has got involved, we love seeing your #GU2
shots in this gorgeous Bristol sunshine 😊 Keep on tagging us in ❤️
Tonight is the final night of our #GromitUnleashed2
takeover with @thegrandappeal
Our final winner is @sambinding
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 with a photo of ‘The Wensleydale Kid’ looking out towards Bristol, which was painted by Paula Bowles. Well done Sam! Please send a DM to us with your email address so @thegrandappeal
can contact you about your prize.
Well done to all the winners and thank you to everyone who tagged. We’re back to normal tomorrow. Enjoy your night!
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Émue de voir les gens heureux, solidaires, proches.
Une belle ambiance qui mériterait de se pérenniser.