For years, Mike MacIntyre has carried a coin in his pocket that commemorates the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award that his father, George, won in 1982.
Now, he’ll get a coin with his name on it.
On Friday, Colorado’s head coach was named the winner of the Dodd Trophy, presented annually to the national coach of the year.
It’s the seventh different national coach of the year award given to MacIntyre this season, but he admitted last week that the Dodd Trophy would be a bit more special.
“All of the awards mean a lot to our program, to our team, to all of us,” MacIntyre said. “(The Dodd Trophy) would have a little more significance, special meaning to me personally.”
MacIntyre guided CU to a remarkable turnaround this season, going 10-4, winning the Pac-12 South division and earning a trip to the Valero Alamo Bowl. The Buffs closed the season with back-to-back losses, including 38-8 to Oklahoma State in Thursday’s Alamo Bowl, but it didn’t take away from a sensational season turned in by MacIntyre and the Buffs.
The Dodd Trophy, established in 1976, honors the top coach in the Football Bowl Division. It means a lot to MacIntyre because the award honors the team that shows not only success on the field, but excellence in academics and character. Dodd spent 22 seasons (1945-66) as the head coach at Georgia Tech, MacIntyre’s alma mater.
“I got to know Bobby Dodd when I played at Georgia Tech personally and a lot of the people associated with (the award) are in Atlanta, so there’s a lot of people that I know around it, and then of course dad winning it,” MacIntyre said. “He won some other (awards in 1982), but that was the one that was the most significant to him, in that what it stands for, the integrity, the humanitarian part of it.
“It was really special to him, so that’s special to me. Me carrying the coin around even makes it more special.”
In addition to George MacIntyre, previous Dodd Trophy winners include Alabama’s Nick Saban, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Kansas State’s Bill Snyder and MacIntyre’s good friend and mentor, David Cutcliffe of Duke. Former CU head coach Gary Barnett also won the Dodd Trophy, in 1995 when he was the head coach at Northwestern.
“We are honored to have a second MacIntyre join the prestigious list of Dodd Trophy winners,” Jim Terry, chairman of the Dodd Foundation, said in a press release. “Colorado’s unparalleled turnaround under Coach MacIntyre’s guidance was one of the more remarkable storylines of this season, but it’s his leadership and commitment to both his players and community off the field, that truly embodies the spirit and legacy of Coach Dodd.”
Previous national coach of the year awards won by MacIntyre include the Walter Camp award, ESPN Home Depot award and FWAA/Eddie Robinson award. He was also named the national coach of the year by the Associated Press, CBS Sports and SB Nation.
In addition, MacIntyre was voted Pac-12 coach of the year by the Associated Press and by his coaching peers; and he was named the AFCA Region 5 coach of the year.
MacIntyre is a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association national coach of the year award (announced Jan. 10), and the Paul “Bear” Bryant coach of the year award (announced Jan. 11).