Dave Adolph returned to Ohio State football in 2008 to assist in the Buckeye strength program and in academic support. Formerly an assistant coach under Woody Hayes, Adolph has a lengthy resume in professional and college football.
Adolph returned to college coaching in 2004 as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at the University of San Diego following a 37-year coaching career that ended in January, 2000, when he retired from his post with the Kansas City Chiefs as assistant head coach/linebackers coach. He spent 21 years in the NFL ranks, including two tours of duty with the Chiefs. He served as the team's defensive coordinator from 1992-1994 and worked as the club's assistant head coach/linebacker coach in 1999.
This respected defensive expert spent his entire pro coaching career (21 years) in the AFC, including 14 years as a defensive coordinator and 12 seasons in the AFC West, making 11 career playoff appearances. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Adolph spent two years (`97-98) as linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders. He signed on with Oakland after a two-year stint (`95-96) as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. During his three-year tenure as Kansas City's defensive coordinator from `92-94, the Chiefs made three straight playoff appearances.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Adolph originally came to Kansas City after spending three seasons (`89-91) as defensive coordinator for the L.A. Raiders. He spent the `86-88 seasons as defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. Adolph began his NFL career as the Browns defensive line coach in 1979. He took over the club's linebackers in `81 before assuming duties as defensive coordinator midway through the `84 season when Marty Schottenheimer was named head coach. He then spent one season (`85) as an assistant for San Diego before rejoining the Browns in `86.
On the collegiate level, Adolph worked with the legendary Woody Hayes at Ohio State from `77-78. He also coached at Illinois (`73-76), Kentucky (`69-72), Connecticut (`65-68) and his alma mater of Akron (`63-64). An all-conference guard and linebacker for the Zips (he was inducted into the Akron Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980), Adolph spent three years (`59-61) as a commissioned officer in the Air Force before beginning his coaching career at Cleveland's Shaw High School in `62. He is also a member of the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame and was named the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus at Mogadore High School. He and his wife Betty have five children - Michael, Mark, Thomas, Shane and Heather - and 12 grandchildren.