Football

Dave Adolph

Position:
Academics

Alma Mater:
Akron '58

Dave Adolph

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.

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