Longtime football coach Dave Adolph, who served on both the Ohio State and Michigan staffs in the last decade, has died at 79.
Adolph had been in coaching since the early 1960s, working both in college and the NFL. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh shared some thoughts about Adolph through his Twitter account, calling him “one of the truly great ones.”
We have lost one of the truly great ones. Coach Dave Adolph who brought joy to all he met and associated. "Do you love football?"
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 12, 2017
Adolph worked with Harbaugh on two different teams. At San Diego, Adolph joined Harbaugh as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach in 2004 after a five-year coaching hiatus. He then was hired as an analyst on Michigan’s staff in 2015, and served for the last two seasons.
In between his time at San Diego and in Ann Arbor, Adolph was on the Ohio State staff under both Jim Tressel and Ubran Meyer as a supplemental assistant. He assisted the Buckeyes from 2008-2013.
Adolph was an honorary captain for both teams when Michigan and Ohio State met last November.