Joel Dolinski
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSeton Hill
Biographical details
BornApril 1975
Coaching career (HC unless noted)


Bethany College (OL)

Cincinnati (GA)
Seton Hill (OL)
Seton Hill (GC)
Seton Hill (OC)

Seton Hill
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Joel Dolinski (born April 1975, Sewickley, Pennsylvania) is the current head football coach at Seton Hill University, a NCAA Division II institution located in Greensburg, Pa. Seton Hill competes in the WVIAC (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).[1][2]


Dolinski was raised in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, Beaver County. A 1993 graduate of Ambridge Area High School where he was a National Honor Society student while participating in track & field, volleyball, and football. Playing for head football coach Frank Antonini, Dolinski was an All Conference (MAC) offensive and defensive lineman and an All State (Pa) offensive lineman earning a scholarship to play football at the University of Cincinnati (NCAA Division I).

Playing careerEdit

While earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati, Dolinski was a 4 year letterman (94, 95, 96, 97 redshirted 93) and 3 year starter at offensive line for the Bearcats. As a junior, Dolinski earned 2nd Team All Conference USA offensive lineman and as a senior he helped lead the Bearcats to the Humanitarian Bowl. It was Cincinnati's first bowl appearance in 47 years. The Bearcats won 35-19 over the Aggies of Utah State. Dolinski was also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity as well as Men of Metro and Sigma Sigma Honorary organizations while at UC.

Coaching careerEdit

Dolinski began his coaching career in 1998 as offensive line coach at Bethany College (WV), a NCAA Division III school. As offensive line coach for the Bison, Bethany produced a 1,000 yard rusher in Tim Caldwell, and gave up one of the fewest sacks against totals in school history. He also tutored freshman center Geno Ochap, to all conference honors. In 1999, Dolinski returned to the University of Cincinnati. At UC, he served as the offensive graduate assistant coach where he coached the tight ends and assisted with coaching the offensive line. Dolinski was on the coaching staff for the 1999, 2000, and 2001 seasons. The Bearcats made back to back Motor City Bowl appearances after the 2000 and 2001 seasons. After earning a Master's of Education degree in educational foundations December 2001 from the University of Cincinnati, Dolinski spent three years (2002, 2003, 2004) working in athletic administration with the Bearcat basketball team and Coach Bob Huggins before returning to coaching on the football field.

In 2005, Dolinski joined head football coach Chris Snyder's staff at Seton Hill University for the inaugural football season. Dolinski served as the offensive line coach as well as the compliance coordinator for all sports (NAIA). In 2006, Dolinski had run game coordinator added to his offensive line coaching duties. In 2007, Dolinski was promoted to offensive coordinator / offensive line coach where the Griffin offense saw large improvements in all major offensive categories including a conference low sacks against (6 in 299 attempts).

In 2008, Seton Hill became a full NCAA Division II member from their provisional membership in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Chris Snyder stepped down from his football coaching duties to focus on his obligations as executive athletic director at Seton Hill. That allowed Dolinski to take over as the second head football coach at Seton Hill University, where he still coaches the offensive line.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Seton Hill Griffins (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2008–2010)
2008 Seton Hill 10–3 Division II playoffs
2009 Seton Hill 1–10
2010 Seton Hill 2–9
Total: 13–22
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


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