Inducted in 2000 – College Category
Dave won Freshmen numerals as a defensive end at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1952, then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado where he lettered as a defensive end and offensive tackle. After serving twenty-seven months as an officer in the US Air Force he returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a Master's Degree.
After graduation he took his first coaching position at Stoughton High School where he coached the line from 1959 to 1962. During that period the Vikings won two Badger Conference Championships and two second place finishes. In 1963 he took the Head Football Coaching position at St. Croix Falls High School and moved from there to Marshfield High School where the 1964 Tigers had the best won-lost record in 32 years.
In the fall of 1966 he began his college coaching career as the Defensive Coordinator and Line Coach at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. The following year he moved to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, coaching the offensive backs in 1967, the offensive line in 1968 and serving as Defensive Coordinator from 1969 to 1976. During that ten-year period the Titans won or tied for three Wisconsin State University Conference Championships with the defense being rated one of the finest in NAIA Division football. The program produced five NAIA All-Americans and six players who signed professional contracts. In 1977, Dave replaced Russ Young as the Head Football Coach and remained in that position until 1983.
In 1986 and 1987 he was a guest coach with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and in 1988 coached the offensive and defensive lines for the New York Knights of the fledgling Arena Football League. After one year as Offensive Line Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point he returned to Canada and the CFL and in 1994 coached the defensive line of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 1995 he was named Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coach of the Ottawa Rough Riders. In 1996 and 1997 he was a pro scout for both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL and the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL).
In 1998, Dave became the Defensive Coordinator of the 10-4 Green Bay Bombers in the inaugural year of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). During the 1999 season he scouted NFL pre-season training camps for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.
Dave received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1972, is a 35-Year Member of the American Football Coaches Association and is the former director of the Titan Football Camps. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Tag(s): Hall of Fame