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The 2013-14 academic year marks the eighth for Dave Blank as the Elon University Director of Athletics, following a year of notable improvement for the Phoenix in terms of athletic success, academic progress, facility upgrades, marketing and fundraising.
In May of 2013, Blank was instrumental in discussions that led Elon announcing it will begin competition in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014-15, which will enhance the university’s geographic footprint on the Eastern seaboard and provide the next great challenge for Phoenix athletics.
Elon student-athletes have achieved great success both on the field and in the classroom during Blank’s tenure. Phoenix programs/individuals have won a combined 36 Southern Conference championships over the last seven years, while teams/individuals have appeared in postseason play on 19 occasions. Elon teams have appeared in national rankings 15 times during Blank’s tenure, while 10 student-athletes have captured Southern Conference Player of the Year honors and 11 have earned Southern Conference Freshman of the Year accolades. Elon student-athletes have been equally successful in the classroom over the last seven years, with 524 earning Academic All-Southern Conference recognition.
Dave Blank attended Duke University for two years (1978-80) before graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance). He earned a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from South Carolina in 1986.
Prior to 2000, Blank worked at Coastal Carolina University where he served as Assistant/Associate Director of Athletics for three years (1996-99) and Director of Athletics for one year (1999-2000). While at Coastal Carolina, Blank spearheaded efforts to raise more than $4 million to establish an intercollegiate football program at the university, which began play in 2003.
Before moving into athletics administration, Blank spent eight seasons (1988-1996) as head men’s basketball coach at Lock Haven University. Blank’s teams won 119 games during his tenure, making him the winningest head men’s basketball coach in Lock Haven history. He was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1996.