Atlanta, Georgia: Officials of the The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award Foundation, Inc. announced during halftime of the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 that Boise State University Head Football Coach Chris Petersen was unanimously selected as the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year for 2010.
"Everyone associated with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation is thrilled at the selection of Coach Petersen for this prestigious honor," said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Foundation. "Coach Petersen 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 Petersen. And, congratulations to the entire Boise State University football team, staff, administration, students and fans."
The annual Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year winner is determined by a vote from all previous winners of the award, plus a vote from a blue-ribbon panel made up from the "who's who" in college football.
During Coach Petersen's five years as head coach, the Boise State Broncos have averaged 12 wins per season, including two undefeated seasons. His winning percentage is the best among all active coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Division 1 football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd's teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football's legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player.
The formal presentation of the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award to Coach Chris Petersen will be made on the Boise State University campus in March 2011.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is a presenting sponsor of the annual Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.bobbydoddfoundation.com.