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Lee Dobbins Named OUAZ Head Softball Coach
Surprise, AZ - OUAZ Director of Athletics, Kevin Steele, is pleased to announce the hiring of Lee Dobbins as the head softball coach for the Spirit softball team.
Steele says, “Lee (Dobbins) is an internationally known softball coach who brings a tireless and relentless work ethic with him. He may have one of the greatest senses of humor of anyone who has ever graced the coaching box and I look forward to the great impact he will have on our Spirit softball program. He cares deeply for his student-athletes and their overall development.”
Dobbins comes to OUAZ by way of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, where he most recently revamped the Pioneer Softball Program.
“I am extremely thankful and excited at the opportunity that was presented to me here at OUAZ, to not only build a softball program from ground up, but to help shape Ottawa’s new residential campus in Arizona,” said Dobbins. “While it was extremely hard to leave the great situation I was in, I believe it is important on occasion to leave one’s comfort zone to grow and do God’s work. I would like to thank President (Kevin) Eichner and Director of Athletics Kevin Steele, for showing both faith and confidence in me to lead the program.”
Dobbins continued, “We are going to quickly build a great program on-the-field, while developing great graduates and individuals off of it. We will achieve this by recruiting high level student-athletes locally, regionally, and nationally from the top organizations and programs. It is important to me that we recruit student-athletes with great moral character, as well as great athletic talent. If we can achieve both of these, our program will quickly achieve great success on a national level.”
Dobbins has coached on the collegiate level for the last 20 years, but since 2011 has also owned and operated Dobbins Softball Consulting and Development (DSCD); a sports specific company dedicated to the development of the game both domestically and internationally.
Before his post at MNU, he served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at the University at Buffalo in the 2014-15 season.
In the 2013-14 season, Dobbins served as head coach of NCAA Division I Southern University.
After successful stints at Emory and Tennessee-Chattanooga, Dobbins became only the second coach in Southern University softball history, when he took the position with the Jaguars.
During two seasons at Emory, Dobbins helped the Eagles amass a 76-10 overall record, while working with the offense and outfielders. He also assisted with the team's pitching staff, helping them to a 1.43 ERA in 2012.
Prior to his stint at Emory, Dobbins served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 2010-11. Dobbins worked with the offense and primarily with the pitchers and catchers, while also serving as recruiting coordinator. In 2011, he helped the Lady Mocs to an overall record of 44-14; which set a school single-season record with a winning percentage of .759 and claimed the school's 12th
Southern Conference regular season championship and 11th
SoCon Tournament title. It was his third stint with the Mocs, starting as a volunteer assistant in 2004-05 before returning for the 2006-07 school year as the director of softball operations. Dobbins played an instrumental role in aiding a pitching staff that achieved honors that featured the first place finisher in saves in the NCAA with eight in 2011, in addition to the SoCon Player of the Year award winner that led the Lady Mocs with an 18-6 won-lost mark in the circle. He also worked with the hitters in the most prolific offense in UTC history that led the nation in total offense in all of Division I that year.
During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, Dobbins was an assistant coach on the Austin Peay State University staff, where he handled the recruiting coordinator duties along with working with the hitters, and he helped coach the pitchers and catchers. In his first year with the Lady Govs, the team’s ERA dropped from 5.75 to 3.59, while the pitchers struck out an average of two more batters per game.
Dobbins’s head coaching experience began as the head at Lander University during the 2005-06 season, where the Bearcats went 27-28-1. He also served as head softball coach at Texas A&M International in Laredo, Texas in 2007-08.
Before landing the head coaching spot at Lander, Dobbins gained experience as an assistant at Tusculum from 2002-04. He broke into the collegiate ranks as a student assistant at Chattanooga State Community College in 1996-97 and also served at Tennessee from 1999-2001.
In addition to coaching, Dobbins also has served as the executive and tournament director of the Fun-In-The-Sun Classic. The Bradenton, Florida tournament drew college teams from all divisions throughout the country during the spring.
Dobbins has also worked on the international development and exposure of the game in Europe and South America. He worked with the Softball Federation of Argentina and their national programs as a technical and instructional consultant for their players and coaches. He has also worked closely with USA/ASA Softball on the development of the game internationally through various coaching development programs.
In 2012, Dobbins worked with ESPN on the production and statistical advisement/information staff for the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. He also served as the head coach of the 2006 Athletes International College Goodwill Team in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Dobbins worked at the National Training Facility in Barcelona, Spain as a video consultant for the Spanish National Softball Team in 2002. Most recently, he also was head coach of the USSAI Under-18 year old USA Team that competed in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2016.
Dobbins also works as a media correspondent, analysis, and contributing writer for Justin's World of Softball; a website and blog dedicated to the game and happenings of collegiate softball.
Dobbins obtained his bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in 2002.
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