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Field Notes - Brian Dobie

Field Notes

Brian Dobie

Items found in the office of Brian Dobie [BPE/74, CertEd/75], Bison football head coach 

No. 1 A gift from his sister. “We were both adopted but from different families. We have each other’s back.”

No. 2 Champagne given to him in ’96, his first year with the Bisons. He’s saving it to share with coaching staff (past and present) upon retirement.

No. 3 Made by his daughter, Caleigh, when she was in kindergarten. Now 23, she is co-captain of the women’s volleyball team and working on her second education degree. “She grew up on this campus.”

No. 4 From the New Orleans Saints, after securing former Bison David Onyemata— Manitoba’s first NFL draft pick.

No. 5 With his wife, Jackie, and their daughter. The high-school sweethearts were married on campus in ’79.

No. 6 A card given to him by a friend decades ago that speaks to his philosophy on life.

“We’re trying to win here but really our job is to help move people forward in their lives, to help them become better people.”

No. 7 The whistle from his first trip to the Vanier Cup in 2001, never washed. “I always say I’m not superstitious but why am I wearing this grungy thing?”

No. 8 Championship ring from their 2007 win. “This is my second child.”

No. 9 From the U of M’s first Vanier Cup win in ’69.

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