Women's Head Soccer Coach, Eric Dobrzanski, Nominated for NAIA National Coach of Character Award

Women's Head Soccer Coach, Eric Dobrzanski, Nominated for NAIA National Coach of Character Award

The NAIA annually honors a head coach who exemplifies the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative. Several head coaches from many different sports in the conference were nominated to move forward in the national pool, and The Sun Conference has chosen Johnson & Wales University Women's Head Soccer Coach, Eric Dobrzanski as their official nominee. This national award represents a head coach who teaches his athletes character through sport. Coach Dobrzanski was chosen for his coaching methods that support character development and for the contributions, he has made to the conference and the community. Each of his players have benefited from his intentional teaching of the five core values. He has also made community service a priority for the program, ensuring his athletes experience what it means to be a servant leader.

Coach Dobrzanski just completed his seventh season as the Head Soccer Coach at JWU. Within those seven seasons, Dobrzanski has been named Sun Conference Coach of the Year twice (2011 & 2014). He has also spent the past few seasons serving as the Sun Conference Chairperson for women's soccer. "I am absolutely honored that the conference has chosen me as their nominee for the national Coach of Character Award," commented Coach Dobrzanski. "As coaches we are given the incredible opportunity to use sport to help influence a young person's life, and I am humbled to know that the conference feels that we have built a program that embodies those sentiments. The NAIA's five core values have been the cornerstone of what we have built here at JWU Women's Soccer."

JWU Director of Athletics, David Griffore added, "I am thrilled that the conference selected Coach Dobrzanski to be our nominee for the national Coach of Character Award. We are extremely fortunate to have him working with our young student-athletes here at JWU. I cannot think of a better coach who is deserving of this award."

Nominees from all over the country will be submitted by July 15th and a winner will be chosen by September 1st.