Gail Dobitz: From Fan to Coach

Published 08/30 2016 11:15PM

Updated 08/30 2016 11:30PM

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Gail Dobitz loves to write stories and make latch hook rugs. Those are some of her many hobbies.

 

But, her passion is sports. Her favorite professional team is the Minnesota Vikings. She has a shelf dedicated to them at her home.

 

"Vikings [are] going to win," Gail Dobitz said.

 

As I said, it's her favorite “professional” team. She likes another team. 

 

'Do you like Dickinson state more than the Vikings?'

 

Gail said "Yes."

 

Gail's sister, Cill, said Gail's love for Dickinson State sports started when she was a kid.

 

"Her love of Dickinson state and my love of Dickinson state has really come from being there all the time"

 

Gail, who suffers from Down syndrome, is a DSU alum and the biggest Dickinson state women's volleyball fan.

 

"Next thing I know, she has a cowboy hat on, a big loud horn. She's right there with them."
 

But, she no longer has the title as fan…now you can just call her

 

“Coach Dobitz that’s me.,” she said.

 

It’s Gail’s first practice of the season since being named assistant coach of the DSU women’s volleyball team.

 

“The day she came to sign on our coaching staff it was so rewarding," Hansen, senior on the DSU women's volleyball team, said.  "She was so happy."

 

It was sophomore player Alli Hert’s idea to bring Gail on.

 

“It’s awesome for us to have her because she is such an inspiration..”

 

For Coach Jennifer Hartman, that’s exactly what she wanted.

 

“You just really want to teach the ladies in your program that it is so much more to life than just volleyball. And so if they can leave this program as a better person than we’ve did our job really well.”

 

Gail will attend her first home game on Tuesday as coach, where she hopes to be a good luck charm for her struggling BlueHawks.

 

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