Charleston Southern's Brad Dobbels steps down as assistant basketball coach

Charleston Southern assistant basketball coach Brad Dobbels previously coached at Goose Creek High School. (Staff/File)

Charleston Southern men's basketball assistant coach Brad Dobbels has stepped down from his position to pursue other professional opportunities that will allow him more with his family, head coach Barclay Radebaugh announced Thursday.

Dobbels, a 1989 CSU graduate, spent the last three seasons on Radebaugh's staff and played an instrumental role in helping the Bucs to 51 wins during that time. The Bucs put together a winning season for the first time in 16 years during Dobbels' first campaign in 2011-12, and followed up with the program's first Big South regular-season championship in 26 years in 2012-13.

"It's simply the right time," said Dobbels. "My son is going off to college in the fall and I want to be able to spend more time with my wife as our family undergoes some changes.

"I am so thankful for the opportunity and the trust that coach Radebaugh gave me. I learned so much from him and he helped me grow as a person, and I learned a lot of basketball from him. I know the three years that I spent there will make me a better man and a better coach."

Dobbels said he hopes to land a teaching position for the coming school year and might return to high school coaching.

Prior to joining the CSU staff, Dobbels spent 14 seasons as head coach of the Goose Creek High School boys basketball team. He posted a 292-92 record and led the Gators to the Class AAAA state championship in 2009.

However, Dobbels says an immediate return to the sidelines is not a must for him.

"If I don't coach anywhere this coming year, it's fine with me," he said. "I would like to return to teaching because I do need a job, but coaching is not a necessary thing for me right now. Taking a year off would not be a bad thing. I definitely want to coach again. I want the opportunity to run my own program again, but if that means waiting a year to find the right job, I am OK with that. A year off to visit practices of other programs and recharge my batteries is something I understand might be beneficial for me."

Radebaugh is grateful for Dobbels' efforts during the most successful three-year run in program history.

"We're very thankful for Brad and the many contributions he has made to our basketball program over the last three years," Radebaugh said. "Brad is a first-class person and an excellent coach, and has been a big part of our success. We wish him the best going forward."