Dave graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in Florissant, Mo., where he earned four letters in both basketball and tennis. He originally planned to attend the University of Missouri before having met and being recruited during a summer tournament in 1981 by Baker’s athletic director and tennis coach, Jim Irick.
Having opted to attend Baker, Dave became an immediate success both off and on the court. On campus he was a member of the Blue Key National Honor Society. But, it was in tennis where he established new heights of success for a Baker tennis player including: Being named to the All-Conference HAAC team all four years of his competition, winning the conference singles and doubles championships from 1982-1986, winning the District 10 singles championship his junior and senior years, winning the District 10 doubles championship all four years, being named Team Captain his junior and senior years, being named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American in 1983 and an NAIA All-American in 1985. Additionally, he led the Wildcats to the National NAIA tournament in all four years of his competition. In 1985 he had a singles record of 27-4 and a doubles record of 27-3. In 1983 he was ranked 15th in the nation in singles and in 1985 he was ranked in the top 10 in doubles.
Following graduation David has followed a professional career path in business with increasing responsibilities at each of the following: He served as District Sales Manager with the Russell Stover Candy Company in Kansas City, as District Sales Manager of Mobil Chemical in St. Louis, as the manager of National Accounts with Bunzl Distribution USA in St. Louis as well as to his current position as Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer of Anchor Packaging Inc., St. Louis.
For several years following graduation he continued participation in tennis as he competed in the Volvo U.S.T.A. Inter-club League. More recently he has become and avid golfer and for 10 years has coached his children in a select summer league for youth basketball.
He is married to Maryellen Johnson and together they have three children, Trevor, Madeline and Lily.