Track and Field Head Coach David Bobb Inks Three-Year Extension

Photo: Ian Feldmann
Photo: Ian Feldmann

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC track and field head coach David Bobb signed a three-year contract extension, Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today.

Bobb just completed his 21st season at the helm of the Retriever track and field program.

"Coach Bobb is so highly-respected by the student-athletes and members of the athletics department," said Athletics Director Tim Hall. "I know that our best days in Retriever track and field are ahead of us."   

The Retriever mentor has earned America East Coach of the Year honors in 2013-14 and 2016-17, having led the Retriever men to four consecutive second-place league championship finishes from 2014-17.  Moreover, the women's program placed second in 2015 at the conclusion of the outdoor season.

Last year, he helped guide Tony White and Kelechi Nwanaga to All-American honors with White earning a spot on the second team and Nwanaga earning first team honors. Bobb also coached Vincent Rentzsch, who made it to the NCAA Finals in the javelin in 2016, Huguens Jean, who placed fourth nationally in the high jump in 2003 and Cleopatra Borel who won the indoor shot put national title in 2002.  

Prior to Bobb's rise into the coaching profession, he was a five-time Division I All-American as a student-athlete at UMBC and was inducted into UMBC's Athletics 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, during his junior season of 1996.  His performance alone catapulted UMBC to an 18th-place finish in the nation.

Bobb capped off his career with a second-place result in the 100m at the 1997 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.  He and his wife, Dawnnette, have two daughters, Caitlyn Cassandra and Madisyn Alexandra.