Otterbein's Giving Campaign
For Dave and Claudia Lehman STANDING with Otterbein is about loyalty.
That’s why this beloved coach and his wife, Claudia, decided to support a $2 million project to install a new track and turf at Memorial Stadium with their generous gift of $50,000.
“We’ve got to work hard to make sure future generations of students have the same great experiences as past generations have had at Otterbein,” Dave said.
Dave Lehman's connection to Otterbein runs deep--going back to his boyhood when he would peek through the fence at Memorial Stadium to watch the powerhouse Cardinal football teams in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Making his own mark in Otterbein athletics first as a cross country and track athlete and later as a highly successful coach in those sports for more than 40 years--Dave said it was a "dream come true" to buy a home in the shadow of Memorial Stadium.
When the University installed a privacy fence, the Lehmans requested a gate so students had an easy pathway to their home. A welcome sign hangs on the gate, a simple yet meaningful message to all who visit the Lehmans. Countless students found a generous helping of mentoring and encouragement served alongside spaghetti dinners. Claudia says that Dave’s coaching style was about helping students be the best athletes and young adults that they could be.
“Otterbein stands for a quality education, a great overall life experience and good values,” Dave said, adding his job was about serving other people. “God has really blessed us. I thought one of my gifts could be the gift of generosity. If I’ve been blessed, then I need to help others.”