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Todd Dodge Named National Football Coach of the Year

High School Football America (HSFA) and the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) have named Westlake Head Football CoachTodd Dodge as their National High School Football Coach of the Year.

Coach Dodge, who announced before the season that this year would be his last, closed out an incredible coaching career by leading Westlake to its third consecutive Texas high school football championship. The title was the seventh overall for Dodge, who also won four at Southlake Carroll.

Westlake ended 2021 ranked No. 2 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings. It was the second consecutive year the Chaparrals finished No. 2 in the HSFA national rankings.

Dodge won 233 games in 23 years as a high school football coach. He goes into retirement on a 40-game win streak, the third-longest active streak in America by a public school.

During his high school career at Port Arthur High School, Dodge was a record-setting quarterback. He graduated with the Texas state record for career passing completions (381) and the single-season record for completions (221). After his senior season in 1980, Dodge was named a Parade Magazine All-American. Dodge went on to play his college football at the University of Texas.

Coach Dodge was one of three finalists for the award, along with Kevin Creasy of Oakland HS (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Jason Negro of St. John Bosco HS (Bellflower, Calif.). Dodge is the fourth high school football coach from Texas to be honored by High School Football America and the
NHSCA. Katy High School’s Gary Joseph won the award in 2015. Tom Westerberg of Allen was honored in 2013. Randy Allen of Highland Park was the first winner from Texas in 2005.