Lobotzke named Spiders' offensive coordinator

Lobotzke named Spiders' offensive coordinator

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - University of Richmond head football coach Danny Rocco announced that former Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke has been hired as Spider football's offensive coordinator Friday afternoon.

Lobotzke spent the 2014 season at Winston-Salem State where the Rams made a trip to the CIAA Championship. He spearheaded the Ram offense that recorded eight-straight 400-plus yard games and Winston-Salem State ended the year with a No. 10 national ranking.

Prior to WSSU, Lobotzke spent 13 years at Wake Forest, including 11 seasons as the Deacons' offensive coordinator. He also coached the running backs, tight ends and fullbacks. During his tenure, the Wake Forest offense has broken many school and ACC records.

In 2012, junior wide receiver Michael Campanaro caught 7.9 passes per game, which led the ACC and was the second-best mark in ACC history. His 79 receptions last season were the fourth-highest single-season mark for a Wake Forest player and were achieved despite the fact that he missed almost three games with an injury. Campanaro's 16 catches against Boston College set an ACC single-game record.

The 2011 team came within a field goal of playing for the ACC championship and went to the Music City Bowl. The squad scored 338 points – third-best in Wake Forest history – and only had 12 turnovers, which was the lowest total in school history and the best in the ACC that season.

In 2006, Wake Forest won 11 games and the ACC Championship. The offense produced 4,298 yards, the third-highest total in school history and put up Wake Forest's fourth-best scoring season with 302 points. Wake Forest also ranked sixth in the nation in fewest turnovers. Freshman quarterback Riley Skinner was named ACC Rookie of the Year after leading the ACC in pass efficiency (139.6) and breaking the Wake Forest record for completion percentage (65.8 percent). On November 13, 2006, Lobotzke was chosen as the Master Football Coaches MCS Nike Offensive Coordinator of the Week after Wake Forest defeated Florida State 30-0 in Tallahassee.

Lobotzke came to Wake Forest along with head coach Jim Grobe after serving under Grobe the previous four years at Ohio University as the centers and guards coach. In his four seasons at Ohio, the offensive line paved the way for four of the top five rushing seasons in school history.

Lobotzke's ties with Grobe go back to their days at the Air Force Academy when Grobe personally recruited him. The Northern California native attended the Academy and lettered on the football team in 1990-1991, playing on the offensive line.

As a player, Lobotzke helped lead Air Force to three Liberty Bowl appearances. He earned Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a junior and was named to the first team as a senior before being invited to play in the East-West Shrine Football Classic.

After graduating from the Academy in 1992 with a degree in economics, Lobotzke began his coaching career at his alma mater. He served as a graduate assistant in the 1992 and 1993 season, helping lead the team to another Liberty Bowl berth in 1992. Following his tour of active military duty, Lobotzke joined the Ohio staff in 1997.

Lobotzke replaces Brandon Streeter, who left Richmond in early December to return to his alma mater, Clemson, where he is the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator.

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