William Peace University - Softball

William Peace Softball Camps

Head Coach Charlie Dobbins

Charlie Dobbins enters his 20th season at William Peace University for the 2019 season.

As the original orchestrator of the William Peace University softball program, Charlie Dobbins built the program at WPU from the ground up, establishing the Pacers as a consistent contender in the USA South Athletic Conference.

In 18 seasons under Dobbins, WPU has won an average of more than 20 games per year while producing 57 USA South All Conference and 14 NFCA All Region selections, as well as 147 Academic All Conference and 61 Academic All American members.  Coach Dobbins achieved a coaching milestone in 2014 with his 300th career win.

In addition to coaching at WPU, Dobbins has served on several committees including the NFCA/USA Today Division III Top 25 Committee, the NFCA Division III All-America and Coaching Staff of the Year Committee.

Coach Dobbins finished his term as the Atlantic Region Representative to the NCAA Division III National Softball Committee in 2017. He served 6 years on the National Commitee.

Dobbins also helped organize William Peace University’s hosting of the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Division III National Championships, the only N.C.-based University to host a national championship at any level. He has been an integral part of orchestrating the annual Triangle Softball Classic as well, in which WPU has hosted numerous colleges and universities over the past eight years.

An accomplished softball player in his own right, Dobbins toured with the World famous King and His Court and King of Diamonds fast-pitch teams and helped retire the "Court" in 2011, ending a 65-year run of touring that covered over 4 million miles, 14,000 games, and over 100 countries. As their “catcher” the last 10 years, he caught the last pitch in the last game ever played.

Dobbins’ playing experience gives him a unique perspective and helps him communicate effectively with his players. He uses a hands-on approach with his team, focusing on goal-setting and player development.

Dobbins is a 1981 graduate of Roger Williams University (Division III) in Bristol Rhode Island where he played varsity baseball and football.

He resides in Raleigh with his wife, Lisa, where they own and operate the Grand Slam USA facility on Western Blvd in Raleigh, focusing on Softball, Baseball and Basketball training and instruction.

They have 2 grown children, Niki (Peace /’BS/06, NCSU – MS/11) and Corey (NCSU - BS/11).