PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dave Duda has been the athletic director at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown since 2019. He also has enjoyed a lot of success as an assistant and head coach for area college basketball programs.
This is Duda's second stint at Delaware Valley University, after serving as head men's basketball coach for the Aggies early in his career. His other coaching stops include a very successful run as the head coach at Widener University, and also as an assistant at Saint Joseph's University under Phil Martelli and at Jefferson University. He talked about what he learned working under Jefferson's Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee.
"He was so good at getting the right guys, the right shot at the right time. How he did that, he was so technical in his teaching, this is what he was great at," he recalled.
"If the play said take five steps and cut on a 45-degree angle to the elbow, you took that many steps and you cut on that angle to the elbow. You didn’t catch it two steps above the elbow, you didn’t catch it below the elbow, you caught it on the elbow. And we practiced that until it looked like that."
Being an athletic director is hard work already, but it is much harder when you're an athletic director trying to work your way through a pandemic. Duda talked about the challenge he faces these days.
"When you sit in my chair, you're someone who has to provide answers, and people look to you for guidance. Coaches are creatures of habit, student athletes are creatures of habit, they like a schedule, they like to know what they're doing and when they're doing," he shared.
"I feel so bad because the best answer that I give most of the time is 'I don’t know.' I hate giving that answer, but it's the truthful answer because this changes daily, it changes on the fly."
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