Dave Brown has served as Assistant Director at RecSports for the past seventeen years.
An English major with a minor in history, Brown earned his BS in Education at Slippery Rock University where he was member laureate of Sigma Tau Delta National Honor English Fraternity. Brown received his M.Ed. in English from Bowie University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar nominee. Brown taught high school English for four years while coaching football, wrestling and tennis. He then pursued a three year career as a tennis professional before joining good friend Bob Bayliss at the Naval Academy.
Brown came to Notre Dame from the United States Naval Academy, where for twenty years he was an Associate Professor, an assistant varsity tennis coach , and a Collegiate Squash Association Hall of Fame coach.
Under the direction of Brown, Navy's squash program was a model of consistency and excellence. Brown directed the Midshipmen to a 267-117 record over the course of 17 seasons and mentored 22 All-Americans. Along the way, he directed the Mids to a top 5 national ranking six times, a top 10 ranking in 14 of the 17 seasons, and was never ranked outside the top 15. Most importantly to Brown and the Academy, he was undefeated against arch rival Army.
In 2010, the Academy named its new international squash court in his honor.
Brown was inducted into the Men's College Squash Hall of Fame in 1999, the year after moving to Notre Dame. He is one of just 20 coaches among that elite group, and the only Hall of Fame inductee for whom the five year waiting period was waived.
Upon arriving at Notre Dame, Brown was asked by Rich O'Leary to start high school girls’ lacrosse teams throughout Indiana. He started and coached teams at St. Joe High School and Penn High School, winning a state title. Brown oversaw the growth of club sports at Notre Dame, from the eleven he inherited to the current 41 clubs. Clubs now number over 1200 members, travel over 100,000 miles, and spend over $800,000 annually.
A former multi-sport athlete, Dave today enjoys his time with his wife, Gerry, their children and grandchildren, close friends, and the companionship of the family dog.