William Peace University Softball
The mission of William Peace University is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, students develop an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers, and skills for ethical citizenship.
Furthermore, the mission of the William Peace University Athletic Department is to provide opportunities for students to develop instrumental leadership and interpersonal skills along with physical and emotional wellbeing through participation in individual and team sports.
William Peace University provides opportunities and challenges to develop talents and engage students within a learning environment. We commit quality coaches, competitive schedules and safe facilities to assist our student-athletes through their educational journey. The Athletic Department is steadfast in its commitment to the academic pursuits and overall development of student-athletes.
In addition to coaching at WPU, Dobbins has served on several committees including the NFCA/USA Today Division III Top 25 Committee, the NFCA Division III All-America and Coaching Staff of the Year Committee.
Coach Dobbins finished his term as the Atlantic Region Representative to the NCAA Division III National Softball Committee in 2017. He served 6 years on the National Committee.
Dobbins also helped organize William Peace University’s hosting of the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Division III National Championships, the only N.C.-based University to host a national softball championship at any level. He has been an integral part of orchestrating the annual Triangle Softball Classic as well, in which WPU has hosted numerous colleges and universities over the past 15 years.
An accomplished softball player in his own right, Dobbins toured with the World famous King and His Court and King of Diamonds fast-pitch teams and helped retire the “Court” in 2011, ending a 65-year run of touring that covered over 4 million miles, 14,000 games, and over 100 countries. As their “catcher” the last 10 years, he caught the last pitch in the last game ever played.
Dobbins’ playing experience gives him a unique perspective and helps him communicate effectively with his players. He uses a hands-on approach with his team, focusing on goal setting and player development.
Dobbins is a 1981 graduate of Roger Williams University (Division III) in Bristol Rhode Island where he played varsity baseball and football. He resides in Raleigh with his wife, Lisa, where they own and operate the Grand Slam USA facility on Western Blvd in Raleigh, focusing on Softball, Baseball and Basketball training and instruction.
They have 2 grown children, Niki (Peace /’BS/06, NCSU – MS/11) and Corey (NCSU – BS/11, MS/13).
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15 E Peace St, Raleigh, NC