Ending weeks of speculation as to where Todd Dodge would land after making the decision to leave the NCAA Division I coaching ranks to move back to his first passion, coaching Texas high school football, the Marble Falls Board of Trustees unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Robert O'Connor's recommendation to make Dodge the Mustangs' new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.
"Marble Falls offers everything Elizabeth and I were looking for in a community we can call home and be a huge part of," said Dodge about his decision to accept the position in Marble Falls. “It’s a one high school district, has outstanding new athletic facilities, is a community that supports its school programs, and it is close to family. I immediately established a working chemistry with Dr. (Robert) O’Connor. Rob is very, very sold on athletics as an important part of the overall school program. From my experience at South Lake Carroll, I know you can get a lot done when you have great teamwork with leadership.”
Dodge comes to Marble Falls from the University Of Pittsburg where he specialized as Pitt’s Quarterbacks Coach. Just a few weeks ago, he was tapped to serve as Offensive Coordinator for Pitt in the Compass Bowl. Before moving to Pitt, Dodge served as head coach at the University of North Texas (UNT) from late 2006 through 2010. During his tenure at UNT, he is largely credited for promoting new athletic facilities, including a new football stadium at the University.
Prior to coaching in the college ranks, Dodge was heralded in Texas after leading Southlake Carroll High to four Texas 5A state championships in his final five seasons. With Dodge, the Dragons achieved a 79-
1 record during that span. In seven total seasons at Southlake Carroll (2000-06), Dodge went 98-11 and closed his tenure by winning 48 consecutive games. The Dragons were recognized as national champions three times, twice by USA Today (2004 and 2006), and once by PrepNation.com (2005).
Many followers of Texas high school football readily credit Dodge with revolutionizing the way offensive football is played in the Lone Star State. Dodge also received accolades on a national scale. He was named the National High School Coach of the Year by Schutt Sports in 2004 and USA Today in 2005. Dodge mentored six winners of the Texas 5A Player of the Year award. His quarterback protégées included former Missouri star Chase Daniel, now of the New Orleans Saints, and Alabama’s Greg McElroy, who led the Crimson Tide to the 2009 national title.
Dodge is a former starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. Playing under UT coach Fred Akers from 1982-85, he threw for 2,791 yards and 18 touchdowns during his career. His average of 32.6 yards per completion against Rice in 1985 (11 completions for 359 yards) remains a school record. Dodge threw a 96-yard touchdown pass in that game, which stands as the second-longest play (tied) in Texas history.
Dodge and his wife Elizabeth have two children, son Riley and daughter Molly. Elizabeth is a teacher who looks forward to joining the Marble Falls ISD family next fall after the couple’s daughter, Molly graduates from Southlake Carroll this spring. Riley was a two-time Texas 5A Player of the Year and now is a quarterback at McNeese State. He will be interviewing for a teaching and coaching position for the next school year and has Marble Falls on his short-list as one of the districts where he would like to coach.
When asked if there’s one thing he wants his new community to know, Dodge said, “I have a great plan to build a program and am very eager to get it started in Marble Falls!”