Lehman, Dave


After graduation from Otterbein in 1970, Dave Lehman was given an opportunity to coach on a part-time basis by college coach Bud Yoest and has been involved with Otterbein Athletics ever since. He spent the next 30 years as head coach of the men’s cross country team, producing seven Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championships, 10 NCAA qualifying teams, and five All-Americans. His 1994 team finished eighth in the nation, and the 1995 group took 17th. Lehman began serving as the assistant cross country coach in 2000, seeing the team win two more league titles. He then assumed the head job for the women’s cross country program in 2012 while remaining a men’s assistant. In addition to cross country, Lehman was an assistant coach for Otterbein Track and Field from 1971-2009, helping generate six All-Americans and 11 OAC championship teams. He took over as head track and field coach in 2010. Lehman is a seven-time OAC “Coach of the Year” selection in men’s cross country and has earned numerous awards, including the Service to Otterbein Award from the Otterbein Alumni Association in 2005. He served on the Otterbein Board of Trustees from 2003-06. Lehman earned seven varsity letters competing in track and cross country at Otterbein, serving as team captain his senior year. He held school records in the 880 yards, 600 yards, and the 4x400 relay.