CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern head men’s basketball coach Barclay Radebaugh has completed his coaching staff with the addition of Buccaneer alum Brad Dobbels as an assistant coach. Radebaugh announced hiring on Wednesday.
“We are very pleased to announce the addition of Brad Dobbels to our coaching staff,” said Radebaugh. “Brad is an outstanding coach who has prepared himself well for this next step. He has led Goose Creek High School to new and exciting levels of success. He has won numerous championships and has established Goose Creek as one of the premier high school programs in the southeast. Brad also worked with the TMP (Trademark Properties) AAU basketball program, which is one of the finest AAU programs in the country. He has a tremendous knowledge of the game, is a keen tactician and is big-game tested. Brad is a CSU alum who loves the university and will be a key figure as we continue our march towards winning the Big South Conference.”
A native of Overland Park, Kan., Dobbels played for the Baptist College Buccaneers from 1987-1989 after transferring from Cloud County (KS) Community College. He is third all-time in CSU history in three-point percentage at .435. He also ranks fourth on the school’s single season free-throw percentage list with a .836 in 1987-88, sinking 41 shots from beyond the arc that season. Dobbels was the first Buccaneer to sink more than 100 career three-pointers, making 101 in his career. He graduated from then-Baptist College in 1989 with a degree in Social Science. He later earned an MTA in Social Studies from the university.
“I want to thank Coach Radebaugh, Dr. Hunter, Dr. Brewer and Hank Small for giving me this opportunity to rejoin the CSU family,” said Dobbels. “CSU has been transformed with the new buildings and new people. I am honored to help Coach Radebaugh build upon the success that he has achieved the last six years. It’s an exciting time to be a Buc and I look forward to serving the student-athletes at CSU while helping them reach new levels spiritually, academically and athletically.”
Dobbels has been the head coach at nearby Goose Creek High School for the past 14 seasons, compiling an impressive record of 292-92. In 2008-09, the Gators went 7-0 in league play and 27-2 overall under Dobbels, winning the Class AAA State Championship. A perennial title contender, the Gators went 19-8 in 2010-11. Prior to his time in Goose Creek, Dobbels was the head coach at Hunter-Kinard-Taylor High School in Neeses, S.C. Under his tutelage, Gator guard DeVontae Wright developed into a Division I recruit and is now playing for cross-town rival The Citadel. Dobbels boasts a career record of 329-124, and has a state championship, five Lower State championship game appearances and six region championships. Dobbels has also collected numerous coaching accolades.
Dobbels and his wife Michelle have been married for 25 years. They are the parents of Jacob (24) and Jared (15).
The newest addition to the CSU family, Dobbels will join Ahmad Smith and B.J. McKie on Radebaugh’s 2011-12 coaching staff.
“I want to express how excited I am about our 2011-12 coaching staff,” said Radebaugh. “It is unusual to have the turnover in staff that we have experience this year. Our staff last year was extremely talented and experienced, and other coaches took notice of our assistant coaches and the growth we had in our program. I count it a blessing and an honor for our program that we have been able to grow and develop young coaches that are sought after within our profession. While turnover of coaches presents some challenges, it also brings new ideas and excitement. I am beyond thrilled and thankful for the staff we have been able to assemble. Ahmad, BJ, Brad and JT will make up what I believe will be the finest group of assistant coaches in the Big South. Their passion, enthusiasm, professionalism and excellence will be a blessing to our basketball program and to the CSU family. I am truly thankful to God that He has put such a fine staff together. We are blessed.”