June 29, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - - David Duda has been named assistant men's basketball coach at Saint Joseph's University, it was announced by head coach Phil Martelli.
Duda comes to SJU after eight years as head coach at Widener University, where he compiled a 143-68 record, with two MAC Commonwealth Conference championships and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. He has also served as Widener's athletic director since April 2003, overseeing the operation of the University's athletics program with 20 varsity teams.
Widener enjoyed its greatest success under his leadership last season, when the team finished 23-6, won the Commonwealth Conference regular-season title and made the school's first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 1987. Duda earned Coach of the Year honors for both the Commonwealth Conference and the NABC Mid-Atlantic Region.
"David has always shown a strong work ethic, through his playing career at Bishop Kenrick, his coaching career at Widener, Delaware Valley and at Philadelphia University with Herb Magee. His quiet demeanor belies his confidence in his ability to teach, recruit and organize a team," said Martelli, who will be entering his 12th season. "The search for the assistant coach was extensive and led me to many qualified individuals. From this search, I feel confident that I have selected an outstanding candidate to join the Saint Joseph's program."
"I am excited about the opportunity to work for a coach I hold in such high regard as Coach Martelli. I look forward to working with two very talented assistants in Mark Bass and Doug Overton, and continuing the high standard set by former and current St. Joe's assistants. I am happy to be part of the Saint Joseph's family, and have the chance to contribute to the rich tradition of Saint Joseph's basketball," said Duda.
Duda's connection with the Hawks' head coach dates back to 1981 when he played for Martelli on the varsity team at Bishop Kenrick High School (1981-84).
A 1988 graduate of Spring Garden College, where he was a two-time All-America, Duda began his coaching career as the top assistant to Herb Magee at Philadelphia University. After seven seasons in that role, he moved on to be the head coach at Delaware Valley College for two seasons, earning the Freedom Conference Coach of the Year award in 1998. His career coaching record in 10 seasons is 159-99.
Duda replaces Mike Rice who recently left SJU to become an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He joins Mark Bass, who is in his eighth season, and first-year assistant Doug Overton on the Hawk staff.