Dave began his swimming career in the six-and-under age group on the Willow Oaks Swim Team while growing up in Hampton, Virginia. After a few years on the summer team, he began swimming on PAST, a year round competitive team and began competing in meets with other area teams. Upon moving to California at age ten, Dave joined The Sierra Marlins year round team as well as the Roseville Sugarbears summer team, the same team Summer Sanders swam on. He continued to swim competitively through high school where he swam on the varsity team as a Freshman and played water polo all four years.
After years of morning and evening workouts, long weekend swim meets and chlorine matted hair, Dave hung his parka up to dry after high school and took seven years off from the pool. He thought he would never swim again until he moved to San Francisco and came to his first Tsunami workout where he was instantly welcomed at practice and outside of the pool when he would see Tsunami’s around the city. The team persuaded him to go to his first IGLA meet in Ft. Lauderdale where he swam his first long distance event and met some great friends from other teams. Dave returned from Florida and continued to swim with Tsunami and has since competed in numerous IGLA meets as well as the Gay Games in Chicago.
Dave tries to challenge his swimmers in the water with both physically and mentally challenging sets so that they are pushed farther or faster than they typically would while swimming on their own. He never creates a workout that he would not swim himself and understands the diversity of the levels of swimmers in the pool and tries to accommodate each lane.
Dave can be found swimming with Tsunami during his off nights or trying out other masters workouts throughout the city to learn new coaching techniques and create interesting sets for his practices.