Todd Goebbel began his second stint on Marshall’s football staff in mid-February 2015 when Coach Doc Holliday hired the Ohio native as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
Goebbel also plays a significant role in the organization of Marshall’s special teams units.
In 2015, as the Herd finished 10-3 and won its fifth straight postseason game in the St. Petersburg Bowl, Goebbel coached sophomore tight end Ryan Yurachek, who finished as Marshall’s No. 3 receiver with 44 catches for 417 yards and nine touchdowns. Those nine TDs led the Herd.
Under Goebbel’s eyes, Marshall’s special teams were superb, too.
Kick and punt returner Deandre Reaves was the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year and finished his career as MU’s all-time leader in kick return yards. Reaves averaged 30.1 yards on kick returns and scored three TDs on returns (two kicks, one punt, tying the school mark).
Punter Tyler Williams averaged 44.4 yards per kick and closed his four-year career with the Herd’s punt yardage record (43.9), while four-year long snapper Matt Cincotta finished his career with 569 snaps … and no bad ones. Williams and Cincotta were All-C-USA second team selections.
Goebbel, 39, returned to the Herd after five seasons as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at Ohio Dominican University.
Goebbel previously spent five seasons (2005-09) as the Thundering Herd’s receivers coach under former Coach Mark Snyder. During that time, Marshall saw steady improvement among its receiving corps and on special teams, which Goebbel coached for his first three years.
Under his tutelage, Darius Passmore was named second-team All-Conference USA in 2009, Emmanuel Spann earned All-Conference USA honors as a kick returner in 2006 and Chubb Small ranked among the C-USA leaders in the department in 2005.
In 2014, Goebbel led Dominican to an 11-2 mark, an NCAA regional final appearance and a No. 4 finish in both the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and D2Football.com poll. He also directed quarterback Mark Miller, who finished seventh in voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is presented annually to the best player in NCAA Division II.
Goebbel’s offense averaged 35.6 points and 445.3 yards per game, led the country in completion percentage (67.9) and was second nationally in red zone offense (90.9 percent).
In 2013, Dominican finished 10-1 and was Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) champions. Goebbel led an offense that was also top 10 nationally and part of a team that made a second-round appearance in the Division II playoffs.
Goebbel directed a high-octane Panther offense in 2012, as ODU finished amongst the nation’s best in scoring offense. The Panthers averaged 40.8 points per game, good for 12th in the country, and ranked 13th nationally in rushing yards (244.9 per game). Ohio Dominican also ranked 27th in total offense, racking up 452.8 yards per game, and the Panthers had the No. 8 offense in passing efficiency (161.0) while allowing just six sacks all season.
Under Goebbel’s tutelage, Ohio Dominican enjoyed its most prolific rushing attack in school history. Running back Mike Noffsinger set the school single-season and career rushing records and was honored as a Hill Trophy candidate in 2011. Jeremy Fudge emerged as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the conference, leading all GLIAC quarterbacks in rushing while also completing over 60 percent of his passes.
The Panthers finished 2011 as the third-best offense in the GLIAC, averaging 31.9 points per game, and were also the third-best rushing offense in the conference and 27th in the nation at 211.7 yards per game. In his three seasons directing the offense, Goebbel has had 10 players earn All-GLIAC accolades.
Prior to joining the Marshall football coaching staff, Goebbel served as Ohio State’s defensive quality control coach for one season. In that role, he coached the specialists and assisted with special teams, assisted with film breakdown of the opponents, scouting and self-evaluation of the OSU defense. Goebbel helped take the Buckeyes to an 8-4 record that included a win over Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.
Goebbel, a native of Delaware, Ohio, attended Kent State University and was a three-year starting quarterback for the Golden Flashes, winning MVP honors as a sophomore in 1996 while being selected as captain as a junior in 1997.
Following the 1997 season, Goebbel transferred to Northern Iowa, where he was the starting quarterback in 1998 and earned Gateway Conference Newcomer of the Year honors. He graduated from Northern Iowa in 1998 and briefly played for the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Quincy University.
In 1999, Goebbel coached tight ends at the College of Wooster and the following season was named the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Tiffin University. He coached at Tiffin for two years before moving on to Quincy University, where he served as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. During those two seasons as offensive coordinator, Quincy ranked 13th and 10th nationally in total offense.
Goebbel and his wife, Sara, have two sons, Tyler and Drew. Goebbel’s brother, Aaron, is Marshall’s associate athletic director for external operations.