Even before Dawn Mamula Stewart’s ’98 official start date of May 7 as the new athletic director at Otterbein, she was hard at work with the selection committee in charge of hiring the next head men’s basketball coach to replace Coach Dick Reynolds. Just as soon as that position was filled — Todd Adrian, from Edgewood College, was selected and accepted in late May — another coaching position opened. Head football coach Joe Loth ’91 resigned to accept the head coaching position at Western Connecticut State University. Within a week, Stewart promoted offensive coordinator Tim Doup ’92 to head football coach.
And Stewart’s new appointments are getting rave reviews from the student athletes.
“Right away, I could tell Coach Adrian had a great personality,” said Zach Bakenhaster ’13, who will be a senior forward on the basketball team this winter. “His personality is going to fit our team perfectly. The things he wants to instill in this program will help bring it back to the national scene.”
The promotion of Coach Doup, too, was well received.
“I’m excited,” said All-American wide receiver Trey Fairchild ’13. “Everyone gets along with him because he’s the kind of person that you can talk to about anything at any time. It’s easy to see how much he loves this school and all the players he works with. I know he’ll be great for this program moving forward.”