Todd Dodge

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Todd Dodge
A man in typical football coaching attire, including a hat, large sunglasses, and a lanyard.
Dodge speaks to a team at Southlake Carroll High School
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamMarble Falls High School
Biographical details
Born(1963-07-21) July 21, 1963 (age 50)
Port Arthur, Texas
Playing career
1982–1985Texas
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987
1988–1991
1992–1993
1994–1995
1996–1997
1998–1999
2000–2006
2007–2010
2011
2012–present
Rockwall (TX) HS (QB/WR)
McKinney (TX) HS (OC)
North Texas (QB/WR)
Cameron (TX) Yoe HS
Carrollton (TX) Newman Smith HS
Keller (TX) Fossil Ridge HS
Southlake (TX) Carroll HS
North Texas
Pittsburgh (QB)
Marble Falls (TX) HS
Head coaching record
Overall6–37 (college)
124–46 (high school)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4× Texas 5A state championships (2002, 2004–2006)
Awards
2× High School Coach of the Year (Schutt Sports 2003, USA Today 2004)
2005 Southwest Region HS Coach of the Year (PrepNation.com)
 
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Todd Dodge
A man in typical football coaching attire, including a hat, large sunglasses, and a lanyard.
Dodge speaks to a team at Southlake Carroll High School
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamMarble Falls High School
Biographical details
Born(1963-07-21) July 21, 1963 (age 50)
Port Arthur, Texas
Playing career
1982–1985Texas
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987
1988–1991
1992–1993
1994–1995
1996–1997
1998–1999
2000–2006
2007–2010
2011
2012–present
Rockwall (TX) HS (QB/WR)
McKinney (TX) HS (OC)
North Texas (QB/WR)
Cameron (TX) Yoe HS
Carrollton (TX) Newman Smith HS
Keller (TX) Fossil Ridge HS
Southlake (TX) Carroll HS
North Texas
Pittsburgh (QB)
Marble Falls (TX) HS
Head coaching record
Overall6–37 (college)
124–46 (high school)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4× Texas 5A state championships (2002, 2004–2006)
Awards
2× High School Coach of the Year (Schutt Sports 2003, USA Today 2004)
2005 Southwest Region HS Coach of the Year (PrepNation.com)

Todd Dodge (born July 21, 1963) is an American football coach at Marble Falls High School.[1] After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, where he played quarterback for the football team, Dodge began coaching at the high school level, eventually becoming the head football coach at Southlake Carroll High School, where his teams won four 5A state titles in a seven-year span.[2] In 2006, Dodge was hired to lead the University of North Texas football team, but he was released in 2010 after acquiring a 6–37 record as head coach. After coaching the quarterbacks at the University of Pittsburgh for the 2011 season, he returned to high school coaching in Marble Falls in January 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Dodge played quarterback at Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas, under coach Ronnie Thompson. As a senior in 1980, Dodge became the first quarterback in Texas high school football history to pass for more than 3,000 yards in a season, while he led Jefferson High to the 1980 Class 5A state championship game against Permian High School of Odessa, Texas.[citation needed]

Dodge went on to play quarterback at the University of Texas at Austin under coach Fred Akers. He still ranks ninth on the UT all-time passing list with 2,791 yards and stands ninth in TD passes with 18. His 359 passing yards in Texas' 44–16 win over Rice in 1985 stood as the Longhorn single-game record for 13 years before James Brown broke it with a 397-yard passing day against Texas Tech in 1997.[3] Dodge's passing effort currently ranks fourth on the UT single-game chart, behind Major Applewhite, Colt McCoy, and Brown.

High school coaching career[edit]

A horizontal photograph of a man standing on a football field
Todd Dodge on the field while coaching at Carroll High School
I was very blessed to know when I was 17 years old that I wanted to go into coaching. And that I had the opportunity to play at the University of Texas, where I don't know that you can have a better training ground to be a coach.

—Todd Dodge[2]

Soon after graduation, Dodge pursued a coaching career at the high school level. His first stop was at Rockwall in 1987, where he coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers. That year, the team made an appearance at the 4A state championship game appearance against West Orange–Stark. Dodge then became offensive coordinator at McKinney High School under head coach Ron Poe. By 1991, Poe yielded to Dodge's persuasion and agreed to try the spread offense. Dodge came up with a hybrid between the University of Houston's Run and shoot offense, the University of Miami's three- and five-step drops, and a zone running game. McKinney reached the 4A Regionals in 1991.[2]

After a two-year stint as an assistant coach at North Texas, Dodge coached at three different high schools during the next six seasons. In 2000, he became head coach at Southlake Carroll, where coach Bob Ledbetter had won 3A state championships in 1988, 1992 and 1993. Southlake Carroll had since moved up to Class 4A and was designated as a Class 5A high school, the largest classification in Texas. During his seven seasons at Southlake Carroll, Dodge's teams earned a 98–11 record overall. In 2002, the school won its first 5A (Division II) state championship with a 45–14 victory over Smithson Valley High School. A year later, Southlake Carroll lost the championship game by one point to Katy High School.

During Dodge's tenure, the team began a winning streak in 2004 that lasted until 2007 and tied Abilene High School's record from the 1950s. Dodge's teams won three consecutive 5A state championships during that span. Each championship squad was recognized as mythical national champions by either USA Today (2004, '06) or National Prep Poll (2004, '05). Schutt Sports named Dodge "National Coach of the Year" in 2004. USA Today gave him the title in 2005. After the 2006 season, Dodge left Southlake Carroll to coach at the University of North Texas.

College coaching career[edit]

North Texas[edit]

The North Texas Mean Green hired Dodge on December 12, 2006 as the new head football coach of the football team, replacing former coach Darrell Dickey, who was fired on November 8 after going 2–9 in 2005 and 3–9 in 2006.[4]

2007[edit]

During his first season as head coach, UNT went 2-10. Dodge's spread offense averaged 408.4 total yards and 24.8 points per game while giving up 39 sacks.[5] Dodge brought most of his original college coaching staff from the high school ranks, and the team struggled to compete against non-conference and Sun Belt foes. UNT's defensive squad, directed by Ron Mendoza, gave up an FBS-worst 45.1 points per game.[6] Soon after the season ended, Dodge dismissed Mendoza.[7]

2008[edit]

For the 2008 season, Dodge hired Gary DeLoach as the team's new defensive coordinator. Deloach had a terrific run as UNT's secondary coach from 1998 to 2000 and was a fan favorite for his stellar work as defensive coordinator from 2000 to 2002.[8] Even with dramatically improved coaching, the Mean Green defense lacked experienced, developed talent. The defense allowed 47.6 points per game in 2008, the worst number at the FBS level that year. The offense also regressed, averaging only 20.0 points per game and allowing 25 sacks.[9] The team's special teams units were among the worst in the country in most categories.[9] That year, quarterback Riley Dodge, Todd Dodge's son, joined the team.

2009[edit]

Dodge focused heavily on upgrading the team's defensive talent with several good recruits from the junior college ranks in 2009. The defense improved, giving up an average of 36.4 PPG, including 28.8 PPG in the last four games when the new talent jelled. Although the offensive line held opposing teams to 12 sacks all season, the offense had 21 fumbles and 17 interceptions during the season. The kicking game suffered from several blocked field goals, and the team finished the 2009 season with a 2–10 record.[10]

2010[edit]

UNT opted to retain Todd Dodge for the 2010 season. It was understood that Dodge had to produce a winning season to keep his job.

On October 20, 2010, UNT athletics director Rick Villarreal fired Dodge. Dodge had compiled a 6–37 record.[11]

Offensive coordinator Mike Canales took over as interim head coach.

Pittsburgh[edit]

Dodge was named the quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh on January 18, 2011. He held the position for one season before returning to coach high school football in Texas.[1]

Return to high school coaching[edit]

In January 2012, Dodge return to the high school coaching ranks, taking over as head coach at Marble Falls High School. The school had a 4–6 record in 2011, playing in District 25–4A that has been dominated by Lake Travis High School of Austin, Texas. Dodge chose Marble Falls, Texas, a city of 6,000 located about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Austin, because it was "a one-school town".[1]

Personal[edit]

Dodge is married to Elizabeth Neptune, daughter of Ebbie Neptune, longtime athletic director and football coach at Westlake High School of Austin, Texas. The couple has a son, Riley Dodge, who played wide receiver and quarterback at North Texas, and a daughter, Molly.

Head coaching record[edit]

High school[edit]

SeasonTeamWinsLossesNotes
1994Cameron Yoe37
1995Cameron Yoe55
1996Carrollton Newman Smith46
1997Carrollton Newman Smith55
1998Keller Fossil Ridge27
1999Keller Fossil Ridge55
2000Southlake Carroll95
2001Southlake Carroll105
2002Southlake Carroll1605A Division II state champions
2003Southlake Carroll151lost title game 16–15 to Katy
2004Southlake Carroll1605A Division II state champions
2005Southlake Carroll1605A Division II state champions
2006Southlake Carroll1605A Division I state champions
2012Marble Falls46
2013Marble Falls46
15Total13058

College[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
North Texas Mean Green (Sun Belt Conference) (2007–2010)
2007North Texas2–101–67th
2008North Texas1–110–78th
2009North Texas2–101–78th
2010North Texas1–61–38th
North Texas:6–373–23*Dodge was dismissed October 20; Mike Canales coached the remainder of the season.
Total:6–37
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c West, Bob (2012-01-19). "Todd Dodge Confirms He's Going to Marble Falls". The Port Arthur News. 
  2. ^ a b c "Todd Dodge – University of North Texas Athletics Bio". University of North Texas. 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  3. ^ Wade, Harless (1985-10-06). "Texas goes to the air, beats Rice as Dodge sets school record". Dallas Morning News. 
  4. ^ Fetterman, Debbie (1992-04-23). "UNT's Dodge draws praise as a coach". Dallas Morning News. 
  5. ^ "Dodge's offense turning heads at North Texas". ESPN. 2007-09-27. 
  6. ^ "2007 UNT stats". Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  7. ^ Vito, Brett (2008-01-05). "Dodge fires defensive coordinator". Denton Record-Chronicle. 
  8. ^ Vito, Brett (2008-01-24). "DeLoach set to lead UNT defense". Denton Record-Chronicle. 
  9. ^ a b "2008 UNT stats". Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  10. ^ "2009 UNT stats". Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  11. ^ Vito, Brett (October 20, 2010). "University of North Texas Fires Head Football Coach Todd Dodge". Denton Record-Chronicle. 

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