The move returns Lobotzke to his alma mater, where he played offensive line for the Falcons from 1990-92. He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at the service academy the following year, a position he held for two seasons.
It’s also a reunion of Lobotzke and Falcons coach Troy Calhoun, who coached together at Wake Forest from 2001-02. Calhoun was offensive coordinator for the Demon Deacons, while Lobotzke coached the program’s guards and centers.
The position that Lobotzke will coach has not yet been determined, according to the source. Neither has the position for former Florida tight ends Derek Lewis, who is joining the Air Force staff, as SI.com first reported Wednesday.
Lobotzke, 44, was hired early last month as Richmond’s offensive coordinator after two seasons in the same position at Winston-Salem State. He was an assistant at Wake Forest from 2001-13 and became the program’s offensive coordinator in 2003 after Calhoun left to be an assistant with the NFL’s Denver Broncos.
Lobotzke kept the position until Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe stepped down in Dec. 2013, an 11-year stint that included the Demon Deacons’ ACC championship and Orange Bowl appearance in 2006. A native of Landstuhl, Germany, Lobotzke also coached guards and centers under Grobe at Ohio from 1997 through 2000 after completing his tour of active military duty.
Lobotzke joins an Air Force team that had a remarkable 10-3 record this past season under Calhoun, who has emerged as one of the nation’s most underrated coaches. Calhoun has guided the Falcons to a bowl in seven of his eight seasons, including a win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl this past season.
He has an impressive 59-44 record at the service academy.