|Title:||Tight Ends/H-Backs Coach|
The 2018 season will be Mark Dodd’s fourth at Lake Forest College. It will also be his 10th year in coaching. He will work directly with the team’s tight ends and h-backs.
Under Dodd’s direction, tight end Noah Recker earned Second Team All-MWC South Division honors last season. Utilized more for their blocking than receiving, Forester tight ends and h-backs helped lead the offense to a league-high and program record 452.2 yards per game.
Dodd was the offensive line coach during his first stint at the College (2010-11). The Foresters averaged more than 26 points per game during the two seasons combined and set program records for points, total yards, and passing yards in 2011.
Dodd, 28-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, began his coaching career in 1996 while playing for the Hampton Road Sharks in the Mason-Dixon League. He was then the offensive line and strength & conditioning coach at Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1997. Dodd served in the same capacity in 1998 with the post-graduate team at Hargrave Military Academy before going 14-6 the next two years as Hargrave’s head high school coach.
As a Navy SEAL Dodd was awarded Commendation with Valor during Operation Just Cause. He also served in Operations Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where he earned a Bronze Star.
Dodd has three daughters and a granddaughter and lives in nearby Gurnee.