Born July 21, 1963 - Port Arthur, TX
Texas Monthly once stated that Todd Dodge is arguably the greatest high school football coach in Texas history. He has been named a national coach of the year four times.
Todd Dodge played quarterback at Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas, under the tutelage of legendary coach Ronnie Thompson. He led the 1980 Yellow Jacket team to a 14-1 record, with the only loss being to Odessa Permian in the state championship game. He became the first QB in Texas high school history to pass for over 3,000 yards. He also set Texas high school records for most career completions (382) and most completions in a season (221) while finishing his career with the second-most career passing yards behind only Gary Kubiak. Dodge was a two-time Associated Press All-State Player of the Year, and as a senior, he was selected to the Parade Magazine All-American Team. In 2001, he was inducted into the Port Arthur Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame, and in 2007, he was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
Dodge played quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns under head coach Freddy Akers, and his former high school coach Ronnie Thompson. In all three seasons that he played, Dodge battled for the starting position. In 1983 and 1984 the Longhorns at times were ranked as the number one team in the country. The opening game of the 1984 season started with a win over the #11-ranked Auburn team led by Bo Jackson.
After graduation, Todd worked as an assistant coach for two high schools and a head coach at three others before eventually becoming the head coach of Southlake Carrol in 2000. Dodge won four 5A state championships in five years as the head coach of Southlake Carroll. 5A was the highest classification at the time. His team's record over that stretch was 79-1. The only loss was a state championship game by one point.
After coaching at North Texas and several high schools, Dodge was hired as the head coach at Austin Westlake where he once again found the winning formula he had discovered at Southlake. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Austin Westlake won 3 6A state championships. The last in 2021 would see Dodge defeat a team coached by his own son Riley Dodge. Westlake became the first school to win three straight titles in 6A. With their victory in the title game, Westlake's winning streak reached 40 games. Westlake ended 2020 and 2021 ranked No. 2 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings.
As Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Dodge boasts undefeated seasons in 2017, 2020, and 2021. His overall career coaching record is 236-72. Coach Dodge mentored 11 quarterbacks named Texas State Offensive Players of the Year, while four have also been named Parade All-American. Twelve played in the NFL. Three were quarterbacks: Chase Daniel, Sam Ehlinger, and Greg McElroy. In 2021 Todd was named the 1st Annual Texas High School Coach Association Coach of the Year and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association "Coach of the Year."