I am thrilled to tell you that this evening Athletic Director Rick Villareal and I welcomed Todd Dodge as our new head football coach.
With an outstanding record at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, Coach Dodge is widely regarded as one of America's most successful high school football coaches. More importantly, he is committed to his student athletes' academic performance first and foremost.
I eagerly anticipate next football season, and I am certain you will join me in welcoming Coach Dodge when the Mean Green take the field next fall.
You will learn more about our newest North Texan in the news announcement below.
With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille
UNT names Todd Dodge as new head football coach
A former Mean Green offensive coordinator, Dodge is one of the nation's top high school coaches and one of the most winning in Texas history.
Todd Dodge was today named the University of North Texas' 16th head football coach by President Gretchen M. Bataille and Rick Villarreal, athletics director.
Dodge, 43, is widely respected as one of the nation's most successful high school football coaches for his winning record at Carroll High School in nearby Southlake, Texas. During the five years that Carroll has been designated a Texas Class 5A high school, Dodge has won three state championships and compiled a 77-1 record.
He will assume his North Texas duties following the conclusion of Carroll's current run for a fourth state championship.
"The goals and standards that Coach Dodge has established for his football programs are exemplary, as evidenced in his record of successes and national reputation," Villarreal said. "He has a passion for the Mean Green, and we are confident that he is the coach to elevate North Texas' football program."
Dodge is already familiar with UNT, having served as its offensive coordinator in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. During his tenure, he directed the Mean Green offense to a per-game average of 348 yards and 26 points. He oversaw the progression of quarterback Mitch Maher, who holds numerous Mean Green offensive records, including pass completions, passing yards and total offense. Maher went on to play for the Canadian Football League's Shreveport Pirates.
"My family and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to return to the Mean Green football program, which is very near to our hearts," Dodge said. "We have fond memories of our time at North Texas, and I truly believe that my two years as the offensive coordinator here really set the groundwork for the successes that I have achieved as a head football coach."
Dodge's coaching abilities have in recent years made his name synonymous with high school football on the national scale. In addition to winning three of the last four Texas Class 5A state titles, Southlake Carroll was recognized as national champions by USA Today in 2004 and by PrepNation.com in 2005.
Dodge has amassed a 96-11 record overall at Carroll since taking over in 2000. His only loss since the beginning of the 2002 season was by a single point in the 2003 state title game. In 2005, the Dragons set the Texas 5A state record for most points in a single season by tallying 764.
Dodge was named National Coach of the Year by Schutt Sports in 2004 and by USA Today in 2005. He shaped the last four Texas 5A Players of the Year, and all are playing NCAA Division I football – Chase Wasson at Texas State University, Chase Daniel at University of Missouri (two-time winner, 2003 and 2004) and Greg McElroy at University of Alabama.
Overall, Dodge has witnessed the signing of more than 22 of his players to NCAA Division I athletic scholarships since becoming a head coach.
A former starting quarterback for the University of Texas, Dodge threw for 2,791 yards and 18 touchdowns during his time in Austin. He still ranks ninth in both categories on the Longhorn's all-time leaders list. His 96-yard touchdown pass against Rice in 1985 is tied for the second-longest play in UT's history.
After graduating from UT, Dodge served as offensive coordinator at Rockwall and McKinney High Schools. While coaching quarterbacks at Rockwall, he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to an appearance in the state's title game. He also helped McKinney reach the state quarterfinals in 1991.
After his stint at North Texas, Dodge served as head coach at Cameron's C.H. Yoe High School from 1994 to 1996.
What others are saying about Dodge:
Bill Parcels, Dallas Cowboys head football coach
"From someone who has followed Todd's accomplishments for the past few years, I would say he is a coach who knows how to put together a successful operation and compete at a high level for an extended period of time. He has built a team and a philosophy that has staying power. In my personal dealings with him, I was impressed with his knowledge of the game, his dedication to the profession and his desire to succeed."
Mack Brown, University of Texas head football coach
"Todd is a credit to both the University of Texas and the high school coaches in this state. He's a great coach and an even better person. A coach is a coach at any level, and Todd understands the role of the coach. He's had a lot of success and touched a lot of lives, and he is going to continue to do that. It will be a great fit for him, and North Texas is lucky to have him."
Gary Pinkel, University of Missouri head football coach
"This is a great hire for North Texas. Todd Dodge is obviously a proven winner and a great motivator of young men. His offensive knowledge and his development of young quarterbacks is as good as anyone I've ever seen. I'm sure he will have great success and be a tremendous asset to the university."