Steed Lobotzke enters his 13th year at Wake Forest and his 11th season as the Deacons' offensive coordinator in 2013. He also coaches the running backs, tight ends and fullbacks. During his tenure, the Wake Forest offense has broken many school and ACC records.
In 2012, junior wide receiver Michael Campanaro caught 7.9 passes per game which led the ACC and was the second-best mark in ACC history. His 79 receptions last season were the fourth-highest single-season mark for a Wake Forest player and were achieved despite the fact that he missed almost three games with an injury. Campanaro's 16 catches against Boston College set an ACC single-game record.
The 2011 team came within a field goal of playing for the ACC championship and went to the Music City Bowl. The squad scored 338 points (third-best in Wake Forest history) and only had 12 turnovers, which was the lowest total in school history and the best in the ACC that season. Wake Forest quarterbacks threw for 3,291 yards, breaking the school record, and the team's 4,781 yards of total offense was the third-highest total for a Wake Forest team. Sophomore quarterback Tanner Price broke the school record for pass attempts with 422, while junior wide receiver Chris Givens broke the school record for receiving with 1,330 yards.
Under Lobotzke's direction in 2010, quarterback Tanner Price set Wake Forest's true freshman records for pass attempts, completions, completion percentage, passing yards and touchdowns.
The 2009 season can only be remembered as the finale of quarterback Riley Skinner. Skinner set Wake Forest season records for total offense (3,216 yds), passing offense (3,160 yds), passing touchdowns (26), completions (264) and quarterback efficiency (147.81). For his career, Riley had 903 completions in 1,349 attempts for 9,762 yards and 60 touchdowns, all totals ranking as the best in Wake Forest history. He did all of this while maintaining a completion percentage of 66.94 percent - the second-best in the history of the ACC.
The 2008 team won nine games, including the EagleBank Bowl. The offense led the ACC in turnover margin (+17), and wide receiver D.J. Boldin caught 81 passes, which was second best in Wake Forest history.
With Lobotzke leading the offense, the 2007 team won nine games, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl while setting the school record for most points scored in a season (362) and most touchdowns scored in a season (44). Wake Forest put up the second-best total offense numbers in school history with 4,426 yards. Wide receiver Kenny Moore shattered the ACC record for receptions with 98 (the old ACC record was 88 and the old Wake Forest record was 72.) Moore's 1,011 yards receiving rank second-most all-time at Wake Forest and his career all-purpose yardage of 1,854 is the school record.
Sophomore quarterback Riley Skinner set the ACC record for completion percentage in a season (72.4%), and freshman running back Josh Adams set Wake Forest freshman records for rushing yards (953), rushing touchdowns (11) and receptions by a running back (34) on his way to being named ACC Rookie of the Year.
Center Steve Justice was a first team All-America and All-ACC honoree, in addition to winning the ACC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2007.
In 2006, Wake Forest won 11 games and the ACC Championship. The offense produced 4,298 yards, the third-highest total in school history and put up Wake Forest's fourth-best scoring season with 302 points. Wake Forest also ranked sixth in the nation in fewest turnovers. Freshman quarterback Riley Skinner was named ACC Rookie of the Year after leading the ACC in pass efficiency (139.6) and breaking the Wake Forest record for completion percentage (65.8 percent). On November 13, 2006, Lobotzke was chosen as the Master Football Coaches MCS Nike Offensive Coordinator of the Week after Wake Forest defeated Florida State 30-0 in Tallahassee.
In 2005, the offense led the ACC in rushing again with 2,173 yards. Running back Chris Barclay led the ACC in all-purpose yards (1,508) and rushing yards (1,127), which was the fourth-best rushing total in Wake Forest history. For his efforts, Chris was named First Team All-ACC, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and ACC Player of the Year, the first Demon Deacon to win that award since 1979. Chris set Wake Forest career records for rushing (4,032 yds), scoring (240 points), all-purpose (4,930 yds), rushing touchdowns (40) and 100+ rushing games (15).
In 2004, the offense set the school record for fewest turnovers in a season (13), and running back Chris Barclay went over 1,000 yards again, making First Team All-ACC.
In 2003, the offense finished second in school history with 335 points and led the ACC in rushing with 2,439 yards. Running back Chris Barclay had the second-best season in Wake Forest history with 1,192 yards rushing.
Before being named offensive coordinator in 2003, Lobotzke coached the centers and guards at Wake Forest for two seasons. Michael Collins and Blake Henry were selected as First Team All-ACC under Lobotzke's tutelage.
Lobotzke came to Wake Forest along with head coach Jim Grobe after serving under Grobe the previous four years at Ohio University as the centers and guards coach. In his four seasons at Ohio, the offensive line paved the way for four of the top five rushing seasons in school history. The 2000 squad finished the year ranked second nationally in rushing offense (323.0 yards per game), leading the Mid-American Conference in rushing for the fifth straight year and shattering the school record with 3,553 rushing yards.
Lobotzke's ties with Grobe go back to their days at the Air Force Academy when he was personally recruited by Grobe. The Northern California native attended the Academy and lettered on the football team in 1990-1991, playing on the offensive line.
As a player, Lobotzke helped lead Air Force to three Liberty Bowl appearances. He earned Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a junior and was named to the first team as a senior before being invited to play in the East-West Shrine Football Classic.
After graduating from the Academy in 1992 with a degree in economics, Lobotzke began his coaching career at his alma mater. He served as a graduate assistant in the 1992 and 1993 season, helping lead the team to another Liberty Bowl berth in 1992. Following his tour of active military duty, Lobotzke joined the Ohio staff in 1997.
Lobotzke is married to the former Kristin Hazen of Warren, Ohio. The couple has three daughters: Capri, who was born the night before the ECU win in 2003, Gia, who was born 12 hours before the Meineke Car Care Bowl win in 2007 and Camille, born November 3, 2009.
The Steed Lobotzke File
June 4, 1970
Capri, Gia, Camille
Air Force Academy, 1992
B.S. in Economics
Earned two letters in football at the Air Force Academy (1990-91).