KANSAS CITY, Mo. – No local teams made the Super Bowl this year, but many Mahopac residents have a clear rooting interest on Sunday.
Dave Toub, the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, is a former Mahopac High School football player, graduating from the school in 1980.
He went on to play college football at Springfield College and then at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he started his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1986. It was at UTEP where Taub met Andy Reid, who coached offensive line from 1987 to 1988. They also coached together at the University of Missouri from 1989 to 1991.
In 2001, Reid, then head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, brought Toub on to coach special teams. He stayed with the Eagles until 2003, joining the Chicago Bears from 2004 to 2012. In 2013, when Reid became head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, he and Toub reunited once more.
Toub’s special teams units consistently rank near the top of the league. According to ESPN’s metrics, the Bears and the Chiefs ranked in the Top 5 in special teams every year from 2006 to 2019, taking the top spot seven times. “I think he’s the best in the business,” Reid said of Toub in 2016.
Toub, who played offensive and defensive line in high school, said he appreciates the support he’s received from Mahopac residents in the wake of their 35-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 19.
“I enjoyed growing up in Mahopac and am very proud to call it my hometown,” Toub said. “It is certainly an honor to realize that people from Mahopac are supporting my success. I can assure you I will do everything in my power to bring a World Championship home.
“Mahopac is full of hard-working people, including my parents who still reside there,” Toub added. “There is no question that the positive environment Mahopac offered has had a positive impact on my career.”
At Mahopac, Toub played under coach Gerry Keevins, who helped Toub land a scholarship at UTEP. Toub actually signed his Letter of Intent at Keevins’ dining room table.
Toub was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the ninth round of the 1985 NFL Draft and later signed with the Los Angeles Rams. But he did not play a game for either team.
“I knew when he graduated from high school that he had the potential to be a great player, and he was,” Keevins said. “In my 28 years as head coach at Mahopac, he’s probably one of the people that I’m most proud of in terms of what he’s accomplished.”
Toub has always been ambitious, Keevins said.
“I remember him telling me one day when he was coaching at Missouri that one day he would be a coach in the NFL,” Keevins said. “And he made it. He was the kind of guy who made up his mind of what he wanted and kept working toward it until he achieved his goals. He’s just a great individual. I couldn’t be more proud. I’m rooting like crazy for him.”