The Football Fever: Dave Adolph's coaching impact far reaching

COLUMBUS -- Ohio-born Dave Adolph coached football on every level and every corner of the country.

He has left behind a coaching fraternity and football world singing his praises.

The Akron grad and former OSU assistant coached passed away Sunday.

“The Adolph family has roots in Ohio and deep roots with the Cleveland Browns,” Mark Adolph said. “We really appreciate the Browns fans and players for all the support and love they’ve given him and the outpouring of condolences through this difficult time as a family.”

Adolph assisted Jim Tressel’s and Urban Meyer’s staffs at Ohio State and multiple staffs at Michigan from 2005-2016.

“We have lost one of the truly great ones,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh tweeted. “Coach Dave Adolph who brought joy to all he me and associated. ‘Do you love football?'”

Adolph was the defensive coordinator in four AFC championship games with three teams. He spent nearly a decade with the Browns, joining Sam Rutigliano’s staff as defensive line coach in 1979 and becoming defensive coordinator in 1984. After a one-year break, Adolph returned to Marty Schottenheimer’s staff in 1986 as defensive coordinator during the team’s back-to-back AFC Championship games in 1986 and 1987.

Adolph spent the rest of his NFL years in the AFC West with the Chargers (1985, 95-96), Chiefs (92-94, 99) and Raiders (89-91, 97-98). A native of nearby Mogadore, he was a commissioned officer in the Air Force from 1959-61 and began his coaching career at Cleveland’s Shaw High School in 1961.

He worked with Woody Hayes at Ohio State (1977-78) and served as Harbaugh’s defensive coordinator at the University of San Diego (2004-07). He also coached at Akron (’63-64), Connecticut (65-68), Kentucky (69-72), Illinois (73-76).

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