Dodge speaks to a team at Southlake Carroll High School
|Team||Marble Falls High School|
July 21, 1963 |
Port Arthur, Texas
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|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
Marble Falls (TX) HS
|Head coaching record|
124–46 (high school)
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
4× Texas 5A state championships (2002, 2004–2006)
2× High School Coach of the Year (Schutt Sports 2003, USA Today 2004)
2005 Southwest Region HS Coach of the Year (PrepNation.com)
2005 Inductee Texas High School Football Hall of Fame
Todd Dodge (born July 21, 1963) is an American football coach at Marble Falls High School. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, where he played quarterback for the football team and led them to their last #1 ranking of the 20th Century, 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. 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.
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.
Dodge went on to play quarterback at the University of Texas at Austin under coach Fred Akers. From 1982-1983, Dodge was a backup quarterback, though he did get his first start as a freshman in the 1982 Sun Bowl when Robert Brewer broke his hand 5 days before the game. In that game the #8 Longhorns were upset by North Carolina 26-10, in the snow, with Dodge going 6-22 for just 50 yards.
In 1983, Dodge was named the starter for the opening game, but a shoulder injury in the final preseason scrimmage on Sept. 9, sidelined him for a month and he didn't reclaim the starting role until early November. In late October he twice came in off the bench to replace starter Rob Moerschell and rally the Longhorns to wins. He came in late to throw the go-ahead touchdown pass in the 15-12 win over SMU, and early the following week to lead the Longhorns to a 20-3 win over Texas Tech. The next week he got his first start in a 9-3 lackluster win over Houston. But after struggling in the TCU game the next week and being replaced by Moerschell, he didn't play the remainder of the year. Despite the quarterback troubles that resulted in rotating starters, the Longhorns went undefeated during the regular season and, but for a disappointing loss to Georgia in the Cotton Bowl, would have won the national championship.
The Longhorns entered the 1984 season ranked #4 with Dodge again as the starter. The team started with back-to-back wins over ranked opponents, #11 Auburn and #4 Penn State. Texas rose to a #1 ranking, which it lost after a controversial 15-15 tie to #3 Oklahoma, but went on to win 3 more games, including a win over #14 SMU to start the season 6-0-1. But the title run was ended during a 29-15 loss to Houston in which Dodge threw 0 completions in his first 13 passes (but 4 of his 5 record interceptions) and was benched for Bret Stafford. Dodge led the team to a win over #12 TCU the next week, but lost again to Baylor in the following game - while setting school records for single season passing yards and completions. The season finished with two more losses, to Texas A&M when Dodge was benched for Stafford, and to Iowa in the 1984 Freedom Bowl when the Longhorns gave up 55 points, the most since 1904.
Dodge and Stafford entered the 1985 season in the middle of a heated quarterback battle. After splitting time in the Missouri game to start the season, Dodge emerged as the starter and led the team to a #17 ranking. But after Dodge struggled in a loss to Oklahoma, Stafford replaced him and Dodge would not see significant playing time again until the final game of the regular season when he came off the bench versus Texas A&M to score the Longhorns only touchdown all day.
Dodge finished with a career record of 12-6-1 and several passing records. 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. Dodge's passing effort currently ranks fourth on the UT single-game chart, behind Major Applewhite, Colt McCoy, and Brown. His 96 yard touchdown pass to Donovan Pitts in the 1985 Rice game is still tied for the second longest in school history.
- UT-Highest Average Gain per completion, game (32.6)
- UT-Most Passes intercepted, Game (5) tied with Zeke Martin, Bret Stafford, Garrett Gilbert
- UT-Most Passes intercepted, Season (19)
- UT-Longest Pass Play (96 yards), pass to Donovon Pitts; surpassed by Major Applewhite in 1998
- UT-Passing yards in a game (359); surpassed by James Brown in 1997
High school coaching career
|“||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.||”|
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.
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
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.
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. 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. Soon after the season ended, Dodge dismissed Mendoza.
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. 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. The team's special teams units were among the worst in the country in most categories. That year, quarterback Riley Dodge, Todd Dodge's son, joined the team.
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.
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.
Offensive coordinator Mike Canales took over as interim head coach.
Return to high school coaching
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".
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.
In 1985, while finishing up his degree at Texas, Dodge was badly injured in a fire. While working as an electric meter technician for the city of Austin, his equipment overloaded and exploded. The fire left 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his hands, arms and face and nearly cost him some of his fingers.
Head coaching record
|1996||Carrollton Newman Smith||4||6|
|1997||Carrollton Newman Smith||5||5|
|1998||Keller Fossil Ridge||2||7|
|1999||Keller Fossil Ridge||5||5|
|2002||Southlake Carroll||16||0||5A Division II state champions|
|2003||Southlake Carroll||15||1||lost title game 16–15 to Katy|
|2004||Southlake Carroll||16||0||5A Division II state champions|
|2005||Southlake Carroll||16||0||5A Division II state champions|
|2006||Southlake Carroll||16||0||5A Division I state champions|
|North Texas Mean Green (Sun Belt Conference) (2007–2010)|
|North Texas:||6–37||3–23||*Dodge was dismissed October 20; Mike Canales coached the remainder of the season.|
|#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- West, Bob (2012-01-19). "Todd Dodge Confirms He's Going to Marble Falls". The Port Arthur News.
- "Todd Dodge – University of North Texas Athletics Bio". University of North Texas. 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- Boyles, Bob; Guido, Paul (2009). The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia (1st ed.). Retrieved February 10, 2014.
- Wade, Harless (1985-10-06). "Texas goes to the air, beats Rice as Dodge sets school record". Dallas Morning News.
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- "2007 UNT stats". Retrieved 2011-04-28.
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- Vito, Brett (2008-01-24). "DeLoach set to lead UNT defense". Denton Record-Chronicle.
- "2008 UNT stats". Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- "2009 UNT stats". Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- Vito, Brett (October 20, 2010). "University of North Texas Fires Head Football Coach Todd Dodge". Denton Record-Chronicle.
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