ODU Hires Jim Bickel as Defensive Coordinator for Football Team

Jim Bickel


Former Capital University Head Football Coach Joins ODU’s Coaching Staff. Todd Goebbel Named Offensive Coordinator.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is pleased to welcome Jim Bickel, former Capital University Head Football Coach, as defensive coordinator for the Panthers football team.

Bickel leaves Capital after nine seasons, including the last two as head coach. He previously served as associate head coach/defensive coordinator. While with Capital, Bickel’s stamp on the program was an aggressive defense that produced a national defensive player of the year; seven All-Americans; a school record 50 quarterback sacks (2007); and a school-record 27 interceptions (2002). He also mentored two OAC Linebacker of the Year honorees (2003, 2008); two OAC Defensive Back of the Year winners (2005, 2007); and an OAC Offensive Lineman of the Year (2009). While with Capital, Bickel was twice named the Ohio Athletic Conference Assistant Coach of the Year.

Bickel has been part of college football in Central Ohio since 1977, when he became an assistant coach at his alma mater, Denison University. In 21 seasons with Denison, Bickel coached both offensive and defensive lines for a combined nine seasons and was defensive coordinator for 12 seasons. While defensive coordinator, he won two North Coast Athletic Conference Championships (1985-86) and one NCAA Division III Playoff appearance (1985). He also served as an assistant professor of physical education and an assistant baseball coach. Before joining Capital’s football coaching staff, Bickel served as defensive coordinator for Otterbein College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications and Economics from Denison; and a master’s degree in Physical Education from The Ohio State University.

“We are extremely pleased and excited that Jim Bickel has decided to join the Ohio Dominican Panther football staff as a defensive coordinator,” said ODU Head Football Coach Bill Conley. “He brings both knowledge and experience to our football program along with being one of the most respected Division III head coaches in the country.”

“I am excited to be moving to Ohio Dominican University and joining head coach Bill Conley,” said Bickel. “Bill and I share the same philosophies regarding the development of student-athletes and providing them a quality football experience. I look forward to the challenge of ODU’s move to Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.”

ODU has also hired Todd Goebbel as its new Offensive Coordinator. Goebbel comes to Ohio Dominican from Marshall University, where he has been an assistant coach since 2005. He also was a quality control coach for The Ohio State University Buckeyes, and held assistant coaching positions for Quincy University, Tiffin University and the College of Wooster. In college, Goebbel was a three-year starter as quarterback for Kent State University, in addition to being its team captain and most valuable player. In his senior year, he was starting quarterback for Northern Iowa University. Following college, he played for the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degrees in Physical Education from Northern Iowa University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Quincy University.

“Todd Goebbel is one of the premier young offensive coordinators in the country,” said Conley. “He not only has the knowledge but also the energy and enthusiasm all coaching staff needs in order to motivate players. Coach Goebbel will bring an exciting brand of offensive football to our program.”

Bickel and Goebbel join ODU’s football program during an exciting time in athletic program history. Currently affiliated with the National Association of Independent Athletics (NAIA), Ohio Dominican is in its second year as a candidacy member of the NCAA, with full membership in the NCAA Division II expected in 2011. In June 2009, ODU was accepted as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and will commence conference play effective August 2010. If accepted as a full NCAA member, ODU will be the only university in Central Ohio to be NCAA Division II.

“The addition of Jim Bickel and Todd Goebbel leading our defensive and offensive efforts, under the leadership of Head Coach Bill Conley, will help to move our university’s football program into the national spotlight,” said ODU Athletic Director Bill Blazer.