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It was only fitting that David Bobb, who is oneof UMBC's most decorated athletes to ever don the Retriever blackand gold, take over as head track and field coach following hisstellar career as a Retriever athlete. Now entering his 16thseason with the women and 13th at the helm of the men's squad, Bobbcontinues to raise the bar for his athletes as he leads them intotheir 11th season in the America East Conference.
In the first year, UMBC's men's team placed sixth at the outdoorconference championship meet while the women took eighth. Ayear later, Bobb moved the men's team to third place while thewomen moved up a spot to seventh, while nearly doubling their teamscore. During the 2005-06 campaign, the men placed second atthe indoor conference championship and fourth in outdoor, while thewomen placed fifth and fourth, respectively. In 2006-07, theRetrievers hosted their first meet since 2003 with the America EastChampionships, and Bobb led the men to a third-place and the womento a seventh-place finish. In 2007-08, the Retriever men and womenfinished fifth and fourth at the outdoor meet, respectively, and in2008-09, the men finished fourth in both indoor andoutdoor.
During the 2010-11 season, the Retriever men placed third duringthe indoor season and fourth outdoors, while the women finishedfifth in both seasons. The 2009-10 season was highlighted byDominic Devaud, who was named to the CoSida/ESPN theMagazine Academic All-America Third Team and won theheptathlon at the America East and IC4A Indoor Championships.
In 2011-12, the women's team earned its highest-ever finish,third place, at the America East Indoor Championships, andfollowed it up by finishing fourth at the outdoor meet, theirtop-finish since 2006. The Retrievers were led by freshmanMercedes Jackson who broke the school record in multiple events andwas named the conference's Most Outstanding Rookie at bothchampionship meets. Meanwhile, the men's squad took fifthplace indoors and sixth place outside.
Last season, Bobb guided the Retrievers to their best-everfinishes at the conference meet. Bobb and his staff werenamed the Coaching Staff of the Year twice, first after the womenplaced second at the America East Indoor Championships, and thenafter the men earned a second-place finish at the outdoorchampionships at Binghamton. In total, UMBC won 13 conferencechampionships at the indoor meet, and then added another 13 titlesat in upstate New York.
In addition, UMBC received three invitations to the NCAAChampionships as Mercedes Jackson competed at the indoorchampionships in the 60m dash, and then she and thrower VincentRentzsch flew to the West Coast for the outdoor championships atOregon. The NCAA Outdoor Championships marked the first timein program history that multiple Retrievers qualified for the samenation meet.
Since Bobb's first season with the Retrievers, his squads haveproduced four NCAA Championship competitors in Cleopatra Borel,Huguens Jean, Jackson, and Rentzsch. Borel won UMBC's firstNCAA Championship in the shot put in 2002. Both becameAll-Americans and won multiple individual conferencetitles.
Prior to Bobb's rise into the coaching profession, he was afive-time Division I All-American as a student-athlete at UMBC andwas inducted into UMBC's Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2003,along with legendary coach Jim Pfrogner, hismentor.
Bobb became UMBC's first Division I All-American in track andfield with third-place finishes in both the 55m and 200m dashes atthe NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis,during his junior season. His performance alone catapultedUMBC to an 18th-place finish in the nation.
Bobb capped off his career with a second-place result in the100m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind., wherehe was the top American finisher in the country and earnedAll-American honors for the fourth time. He also qualifiedfor the 200m finals, becoming an All-American for the fifth time,but a slight muscle pull forced him to drop out of therace.
Bobb, who was featured on the ESPN show "NCAA Today,”graduated from UMBC with a degree in information systems in1997. He and his wife, Dawnnette, have two daughters, CaitlynCassandra and Madisyn Alexandra.