Brad Dobbels begins his first year on head coach Gary Edwards’ staff at FMU in 2018-19, but the two have a relationship that dates back 30 years. Dobbels player for Edwards (1987-89) and later served as an assistant (1989-91) to Edwards at Division I Baptist College (later Charleston Southern University).
A native of Overland Park, Kan., Dobbels played for the Baptist College after transferring from Cloud County (Kansas) Community College. He is third all-time in program 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 B.S. degree in social science. He later earned an MAT in social studies from the university.
After his two years with Edwards at CSU, Dobbels served as an assistant coach at Fort Dorchester High School for two seasons. He was head coach at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School for three seasons, including a pair of region runner-up finishes and a 21-win season in 1995-96.
Dobbels was the head coach at Goose Creek High School from 1997-2011, compiling an impressive 282-92 mark. In 2008-09, the Gators went 8-0 in league play and 27-2 overall and won the Class AAAA State Championship. He garnered 12 different "Coach of the Year" awards, including being named the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Basketball Coach of the Year in 2006.
He then served a second stint at Charleston Southern as an assistant from 2011 to 2014. He helped the Bucs to a pair of 19-win years, three Big South Tournament victories, and an NIT berth. His coaching acumen was particularly beneficial toward CSU’s offensive production, which proved to be prolific. CSU ranked ninth nationally in scoring for the 2013-14 campaign with an 81.2 ppg mark. The Bucs ranked 39th nationally in scoring in 2012-13 en route to their first regular-season conference championship in 26 years, and their 9.3 made three-pointers per game were second most nationally behind only Iowa State University. Outstanding scoring balance and the outside shot were instrumental toward a 19-12 season in 2011-12, as the Bucs concluded the year ranked 22nd in the country in scoring, 20th in three-point field goals per game, and 30th in three-point field goal percentage.
For the past three seasons, he has been the head coach at Ashley Ridge High School, including directing the Swamp Foxes to a school-record win total this past season (2017-18).
He boasts a career record of 362-157, including the one state title, five Lower State championship game appearances, and six region championships.
Dobbels and his wife Michelle have been married for 32 years. They are the parents of Jacob (31) and Jared (22) and have one granddaughter (Landon).