Marlon Lobban may be a first-year Bandits coach, but he is no stranger to the game of football. In fact, when asked how his football career got started, he chuckled and casually admitted he has over 20 years of experience under his belt. Born in Hackensack, NJ, and raised in Pittsburg, Calif., Lobban participated in a local junior football league, played throughout high school and eventually got to continue his career first at Los Medanos Community College in Pittsburg and later at the University of Sioux Falls where he was a two-time national champion.
And it doesn’t end there. Lobban went pro and played six years for the Sioux City Bandits. He was the Bandits’ Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and First-Team Linebacker in 2015 and 2016 before stepping into the position of defensive coordinator for this 2018 season.
Needless to say, Lobban’s extensive history in the sport, and specifically with indoor football, will be beneficial to him as he turns over this new leaf. He has valuable insight into what the team can expect to see. As far as his goals for the season go, they aren’t personal. A lifelong athlete, his priority is the success of the entire team. His main goal is communal, near and dear to all the Bandits and their devoted fans.
“Our goal each year is to bring a championship to the city,” Lobban said.
In 2012 and again in 2015, Lobban was able to accompany the Bandits to the championship game, and he hopes to give this season’s team the same opportunity.
“I’ll do what I do best," he said. "That is, prepare and try to set myself up for the best opportunity to get these guys to the championship.”
Lobban’s passion for football is evident, but he takes even more pride in his family. He currently lives in Harrisburg, SD, with his wife Jaime and their two kids: 9-year-old son, Josiah, and 18-month-old daughter, Naomi.
All in all, the newest Bandits coach can’t wait for kickoff.
“I’m ready for it," Lobban remarked. "I’m excited to see what this season’s going to bring.”
Coach Lobban, we all look forward to seeing what you help the team accomplish this spring. Best of luck!