Despite having 15 years of coaching experience in the county, Dodd, who had also coached at Cherokee and Sequoyah, has never been able to capture the elusive award — until now.
“Honestly, I’m kind of blown away,” said Dodd, who is in her second year as the head coach of the Wolverines. “After 20 years of watching everybody else get it, I never thought that it would be me winning for a change. I’m pretty shocked, but very pleased.
“We’ve got some great coaches here in the county,” Dodd said. “To be selected by them is an honor.”
In her 13th season as a head coach in the county, Dodd may have just had her best year yet.
Not only did Woodstock win 35 games, their highest total since they were coached by Kelly Strickland 14 years ago, the Wolverines also won the county championship for the first time since 2003.
After finishing as the runner-up in the Region 4AAAAAA tournament behind eventual state-champion Walton, Dodd lead the Wolverines to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1998.
“Making the Elite Eight is such a great accomplishment for us, especially since it has been at least 14 years since we’ve made it out of the first round,” Dodd said.
Rather than take most of the credit herself, Dodd attributed the Wolverines’ success this season to her team.
“I’ve been with some of these girls since the sixth grade, and they are just phenomenal girls, on and off the court,” Dodd said. “They are smart, know how to play together, and are just a strong group that is willing to be coached. I wish I could say that I rank up there with the John Wooden’s of the world as far as great coaches are concerned, but this was a great team. I would say that almost anybody could coach them, but I wouldn’t let them.”