ATLANTA, Ga. – Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was named the recipient of the 2013 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in a ceremony presented by the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Cutcliffe was a unanimous selection for the award, which is chosen by a vote from all previous winners of the award plus several others in the college football ranks.
“Everyone associated with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation is thrilled at the selection of Coach Cutcliffe for this very prestigious coaching award,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Dodd Foundation. “Coach Cutcliffe has an outstanding reputation, and we respect his leadership on the field, as well as the many accomplishments of the team in the classroom and in life. He definitely fulfills the stringent requirements set for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
“Congratulations, Coach Cutcliffe. And congratulations to the entire Duke University football team, staff administration, students and fans for having completed their first 10-win season in the history of the school.”
The national coach of the year honor is the fourth this season for Cutcliffe, who also received top accolades from the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and the Maxwell Football Club.
Now in his sixth year at the helm of the Duke gridiron program, Cutcliffe has guided the Blue Devils to a 10-3 record this season including the ACC’s Coastal Division championship. The 10 wins are the most in school history, bettering the previous standard of nine set by the 1933, 1936, 1938 and 1941 squads.
The ACC’s Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013, Cutcliffe guided Duke to its first ranking in the BCS standings this year. The Blue Devils are currently ranked 22nd in the latest Associated Press national poll, and will face No. 20 Texas A&M in the 46th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31 at 8 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Cutcliffe is the second Duke coach to receive the award, joining Fred Goldsmith who was the 1994 recipient.