PNC Bank Named Official Presenting Sponsor of The Dodd Trophy

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Peach Bowl, Inc. today announced that PNC Bank will become The Dodd Trophy’s first-ever presenting sponsor. 

As part of the five-year agreement, PNC Bank will receive naming rights and will be integrated in all Dodd Trophy activities throughout the course of the year. This includes various watch lists, coach of the week honors, anniversary trips of previous winners, campus visits and the awarding of The Dodd Trophy at the end of the season.

Named for legendary Georgia Tech coach Bobby Dodd, The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coach whose program represents three pillars of success: scholarship, leadership and integrity. The annual award honors the coach of a team with a successful season on the field and equally important, stresses the importance of academic excellence and desire to give back to the community.

“We’re honored to have our award’s first-ever presenting sponsor come from such a reputable and renowned organization as PNC Bank,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “PNC Bank is fully aligned with our three pillars of excellence, with a continued focus on scholarship, leadership and integrity. It’s a perfect collaboration and we’re looking forward to joining efforts with PNC these next several seasons.

“PNC’s relationship with The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation continues our long-standing commitment to honoring influential community leaders who make a positive difference on and off the athletic field,” said Eddie Meyers, PNC regional president for Greater Georgia. “This exciting sponsorship also gives us the opportunity to join a world-class organization such as Peach Bowl, Inc. in highlighting and celebrating the accomplishments of amazing collegiate athletes from across the nation.”

Peach Bowl, Inc. will continue to assume the day-to-day management of The Dodd Trophy and will be responsible for the operations, marketing, branding, sales and communications for college football’s most prestigious and sought-after coaching award.

“Both PNC and The Dodd Trophy stand for excellence,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “College football’s most coveted coaching award has set the bar higher than any other in the sport, and PNC Bank operates the same way in serving its customers and impacting its communities.” 

The winner of the 2021 Dodd Trophy presented by PNC Bank will be announced in Atlanta during the week of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. A preseason watch list was announced earlier this summer, and a midseason watch list will be released later in the fall.

A panel consisting of previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will then identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2021 season, with a winner being selected by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation Executive Board.