|Title:||Tight Ends/H-Backs Coach|
The 2019 season will be Mark Dodd’s fifth at Lake Forest College and 11th in coaching. He will continue to 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 each of the last two seasons. Utilized more for their blocking than receiving, Forester tight ends and h-backs caught 28 passes for 203 yards while helping lead the offense to two of the top five single-season scoring totals in program history over the last to years.
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.