From the moment he was introduced as Arizona State University’s head football coach on
December 14, 2011, Todd Graham made it clear he was a visionary. A throwback. A teacher
who truly believes in the virtues of hard work, dedication and giving back.
He had a plan to infuse the program with a culture that was
about winning in all facets of a student-athlete’s life. Graham
referred to it simply as, ‘The Sun Devil Way.’
“Our goal as a program is that we are going to first and foremost
bring out the best in every single person’s character that’s involved
in our program,” Graham said. “I’m not only interested in winning on
Saturday... I want to win every day in every way. We will compete in
the classroom as we compete on the field.
“On the field we’re going to be passionate and disciplined.
Discipline is the key to winning football games. We’re going to be
involved in the community. The greatest joy that I’ve had in my life
is to learn to be a giver… I want our players to understand that
family and character and bringing out the best and being a giver,
that’s what I call unique character, is giving every day.”
Graham, the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, enters his
fifth season at the helm of the Arizona State University football
program. Under his leadership, Sun Devil football has reached
levels of success not seen in more than 30 years. Graham’s most
impressive achievements include:
• With 34 wins in his first four seasons, Graham joined Frank
Kush and Darryl Rogers as the only Sun Devil coaches to
reach the 30-win mark within four seasons.
• Last season Graham, whose average of 8.5 wins per season
are tops in program history, established a new precedent in
becoming the only ASU football coach to have each of his
first four teams earn bowl-eligible status.
• The 2014 squad became the first to post back-to-back
10-win seasons since 1973.
• Graham, who is 3-1 vs. Arizona, has already climbed to
No. 2 among Sun Devil head coaches in Pac-12 road wins.
His 10 victories trail only Bruce Snyder, who won 18 from
1992-2000. Another feat ensconced within that achievement
is the Sun Devils have brought home conference wins from
Los Angeles each of the last three seasons – UCLA in 2013,
USC in 2014 and UCLA in 2015. Only one other time (1991-
93) had ASU accumulated as many successive Pac-12 wins
in the City of Angels.
• Under Graham’s direction ASU ranks first in the Pac-12 and
third in the nation with an average of 34.6 penalty yards per
game and ranks first in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation
with an average of 4.32 penalties per game.
Graham’s influence on ASU football has been just as significant
off the field where his student-athletes have been trailblazers in
the classroom. In the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR)
H E A D C O A C H
2013 PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR
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