Donate Life game set for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Game played in memory of Colleen Dobbins
Coach just wrapped up fourth year on Buckeye sideline
Donate Life game starts at 1:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Squad will take on JU Dolphins Sunday at EverBank Field, live on NBC Sports
Dave Dobbins joined the Ohio State program in July 2009 as an assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach in July 2013. Dobbins works primarily with the Buckeye offense and special teams and oversees the program's volunteer and academic areas.
In the community, Dobbins has spearheaded the Buckeye efforts which have reached a number of different constituents. The squad has combined for more than 600 community service hours each of the last two years, volunteering with organizations including Ronald McDonald House, World War II Honor Flight and the Second and Seven Foundation.
He also oversees the Buckeyes' efforts in the classroom. The Ohio State program has been outstanding academically, with 22 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes, 18 Academic All-Big Ten selections, nine ECAC All-Academic choices, three USILA Scholar All-Americans and two Big Ten Distinguished Scholars in 2013 alone. All nine seniors in the Class of 2013 were Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Dobbins joined the Buckeyes after serving six years as an assistant coach at Salisbury University (Md.) with one of the most successful collegiate men's lacrosse programs in the country. The 2005 Division III Assistant Coach of the Year, he served on the staff at Salisbury from 2003-09. The Sea Gulls won four Division III National Championships and were a national runner-up once during Dobbins' tenure. He coached 47 All-Americans, including 19 at midfield, and five national players of the year. Prior to joining the Salisbury staff, Dobbins coached two seasons at the middle and high school levels in New York.
Dobbins was a four-year letter winner at Colgate University. The Webster, N.Y., native earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Colgate in 2001 and his master's degree in education from Salisbury in 2005. He taught high school mathematics at two Salisbury-area high schools for five years.
Dobbins and his wife, Erin, live in Columbus. They are the parents of the late Colleen, who passed away in March 2011, Maura, who was born in May 2012, and Claire, who was born in November 2013.