Dana Dobbie came to Loyola with head coach Jen Adams in 2009 and will enter her eighth season as an assistant coach in 2016. A two-time All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, Dobbie concluded her playing career as the NCAA's all-time leader in draw controls in 2008.
Since graduating, Dobbie has translated her passion for the sport as a player into her coaching style. Mentoring Loyola's midfielders, Dobbie has helped Adams incorporate a style of play that places the Greyhounds among the nation's best. In each of the last four years, Dobbie has helped the Greyhounds lead the nation in caused turnovers and/or caused turnovers per game. Loyola is also the only program in the NCAA to have at least 200 caused turnovers in each of the last four seasons.
In 2012, she turned Joanna Dalton into one of the top players on the draw control in the BIG EAST. Not taking the draws before the season, Dalton stepped in and under Dobbie's guidance, finished the season ranked fourth in the league, winning 3.29 per game.
Dobbie also turned Taryn VanThof into one of the top midfielders in the NCAA. VanThof, the program's seventh three-time IWLCA All-American, concluded her career with Loyola's single game (15), season (122) and career (318) records for draw controls.
Dobbie completed her collegiate playing career in 2008 as one of the top midfielders in NCAA history. At the University of Maryland, where she played for Adams, Dobbie was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year and the 2008 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Midfielder of the Year.
"It is great to be at Loyola, and I am looking forward to my first coaching job," Dobbie said when she was hired. "It was a privilege to play for Jen while I was at Maryland, and I am even more excited to work with her on this coaching staff."
A two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist in 2007 and 2008, Dobbie set the NCAA career record for draw controls (334) during her final collegiate season. As a senior, she led Division I, and set an NCAA single-season record with 126 draw controls.
She was an unanimous All-America First Team selection and was a three-time ACC Player of the Week in 2008, leading the conference with 70 goals, the sixth-highest total in Maryland history. She also topped the Terrapins, who advanced to the NCAA Championships Second Round, with 32 caused turnovers and was third on the team with 33 ground balls.
As a junior in 2007, the Guelph, Ontario, Canada, native was also an unanimous First Team All-American. She led Maryland with 79 draw controls and 39 ground balls and was second on the team with 53 goals and 69 points.
Dobbie spent her first two seasons of collegiate competition at Ohio University, scoring 34 goals as a freshman in 2005 and 37 in 2006. She was a two-time All-ALC honoree for the Bobcats and earned WomensLacrosse.com Freshman All-America Team laurels.
Dobbie, still playing for the Canadian National Team, competed on the bronze medal winning squad at the 2009 World Cup before leading the Canadians to a silver medal on their home turf, in Oshawa, at the 2013 games. Dobbie was named to the All-World Team after both World Cups. She was also captain of the 2003 Canadian Junior U-19 team, leading the squad in goals scored, and was a member of the 2003 World Championship team that won a bronze medal.
She graduated in May 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree in family science from Maryland.