It was only fitting that David Bobb, who is one of UMBC's most decorated athletes to don the Retriever black and gold, take over as head track and field coach following his stellar career as a Retriever athlete. Now entering his tenth season with the women and seventh at the helm of the men's squad, Bobb continues to raise the bar for his athletes as he leads them into their fourth season in the America East Conference.
Since UMBC's move into the America East Conference, a natural progression has taken place as Coach Bobb continues to position his squads in the upper portion of the conference standings.
In the first year, UMBC's men's team placed sixth in the outdoor conference championship meet while the women took eighth. A year later, Bobb moved the men's team to third place while the women moved up a spot to seventh place finish, despite nearly doubling their team score. This past season, the men placed second at the indoor conference championship and fourth in outdoor, while the women placed fifth and fourth, respectively.
Since Bobb's first season with the Retrievers, his squads have produced two NCAA Championship competitors in Cleopatra Borel and Huguens Jean. Borel won UMBC's first NCAA Championship in the shot put in 2002. Both became All-Americans and won multiple individual conference championships.
Prior to Bobb's rise into the coaching profession, he was a five-time Division I All-American as an athlete at UMBC and was inducted into UMBC's Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2003 along with legendary coach Jim Pfrogner, his mentor.
Bobb became UMBC's first Division I All-American in track and field with third place finishes in both the 55m and 200m dashes at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., during his junior season His performance alone catapulted UMBC to an 18th place finish in the nation at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.
Bobb capped off his career with a second place result in the 100m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind., where he was the top American finisher in the country and earned All-American honors for the fourth time. He also qualified for the 200m finals, becoming an All-American for the fifth time, but a slight muscle pull forced him to drop out of the race.
Bobb, who was featured on the ESPN show "NCAA Today,” graduated from UMBC with a degree in information systems in 1997. Bobb and his wife Dawnnette have a daughter, Caitlyn Cassandra Bobb (3), and welcomed Madisyn Cassandra Bobb into the family on November 20, 2006. The Bobbs reside in Maryland.