David Duda enters his 12th season at Saint Joseph’s having added head coaching experience since his arrival on staff in 2006.
At Saint Joseph's, Duda has been instrumental in the development of the Hawks' post players, such as A-10 All-Conference selection Ronald Roberts, Jr., and 2009 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Ahmad Nivins, and has been part of the Hawks' two A-10 titles in 2014 and 2016.
Duda came to SJU in 2006 after eight years as head coach at Widener University, where he compiled a 143-68 record, with two Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth championships and three trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament. He also served as Widener’s athletic director from 2003 to 2006, overseeing the operation of the University’s athletics program with 20 varsity teams.
Widener enjoyed its greatest success under his leadership in 2005-06, 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.
Duda led the Pioneers to a record-breaking 24-4 season in 1999-2000 and was recognized as MAC Coach of the Year.
A 1988 graduate of Spring Garden College, where he was a two-time honorable mention All-American, Duda began his coaching career as the top assistant to Herb Magee at Philadelphia University. During those seven seasons the Rams had their most successful period in school history, and Philadelphia University was the winningest Division II school in the country during that span with a 171-35 record.
He moved on to be the head coach at Delaware Valley College in 1997 for two seasons. Duda turned around a team which had been 0-23, leading it to a 12-12 mark for the first non-losing season in 11 years. He earned the Freedom Conference Coach of the Year award in 1998. His career coaching record in 10 seasons is 159-99.
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).
Duda and his wife, Barbara, live in Collegeville, Pa., and have two children, Danielle and David.