Charlie Dobbins

2024 Award Recipient

Charlie Dobbins, 2024 Award Recipient

Charlie Dobbins was the longest serving coach at William Peace University, in Raleigh, North Carolina, with 25 years and over 500 wins for the program. He grew the Division III college program from the ground up, not only by winning games and developing players, but by building a place where players wanted to come and play because of his passion for the game.

He resonates the foundational pillars behind the King & His Courts Legacy Achievement Award as an individual who poured his time, money, sweat, tears, and love into building a field, and a successful college softball program, that earned the respect and recognition throughout college softball.

Over the years as head coach Peace University, he has produced 135 USA South All-Conference Selections, 245 USA South Academic All-Conference Honors, 122 NFCA Academic All-Conference Selections, 19 NCAA All-Region Selections, 1 NCAA All-American Honors, and 17 North Carolina All-State Selections.

In  addition to coaching at William Peace University, Charlie 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. Charlie finished his term as the Atlantic Region Representative to the NCAA Division III National Softball Committee in 2017 where he served 6 years on the National Committee. Charlie 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 softball championship at any level. He played an integral part of orchestrating the annual Triangle Softball Classic, in which William Peace University hosted numerous colleges and universities over the past 14 years. He was inducted into the USA Softball Hall of honor in 2019.

An accomplished softball player in his own right, Charlie 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.

Charlies’ playing experience gave him a unique perspective and helped him communicate effectively with his players. His passion for the game of softball is contagious to anyone he meets and coaches. Charlie was a coach known for teaching so much more than just a game by imparting life skills and ethics into all he does. He lives by the philosophy he learned during his days with the Court – swing hard in case you hit it!

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, NC with his wife, Lisa. They have 2 grown children, Niki and Corey, and adoring grandkids!


Charlie Dobbins Legacy Giving Pledge

Charlie’s Legacy Giving Pledge has been established in benefit of the William Peace University Softball program with a focus on “providing upkeep and field improvements of the William Peace University softball field.” “helping insure that players have the ability to pursue the sport of softball regardless of financial economics.” If you would like to show your support of Charlie’s Legacy Achievement undertaking, please click on the Donate Now button.

All Legacy Giving Pledges are administrated by a Legacy Award board of representatives and the King & His Court Foundation Board of Directors.