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Dave Currey in a suit standing on football fieldThe Chapman Family and athletes from every sport are coming together to create the David Currey Director of Athletics Endowed Fund at Chapman University. Be part of that winning team.

Your support of this fund will bolster the work of our new director, Terry Boesel. Gifts of any size are welcome as we aim toward our $1 million goal. A generous challenge gift of $100,000 has been made thanks to Chapman Trustee Parker Kennedy. Your support to match this challenge will help us reach the full goal for the fund. Every gift counts towards the match! Your support will help us go the distance and reach that goal.

David Currey devoted his life to improving athletics at Chapman University. During his tenure, the number of athletics teams grew to 20, and the University became the ninth member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Today, thousands of Chapman alumni remember great days on the field, court, track, course, and on and in the water. This is a great opportunity to thank David Currey for all he did to make those memories possible.

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With a gift of $1,000 or more (made by May 31, 2016) to the David Currey Director of Athletics Endowed Fund, your generosity will be recognized on a commemorative plaque in the Lastinger Athletics Complex.

Platinum Medalist: $25,000

Gold Medalist: $5,000

Silver Medalist: $2,500

Bronze Medalist: $1,000

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David Currey's Legacy of Leadership

(This is an excerpt from First in His Field, an article in the Spring 2015 issue of Chapman Magazine about Currey's retirement, written by Allison Jenney M.A./MFA '16. Read the article in its entirety on the Chapman Magazine blog.)

Black and white photo of Dave Currey with football playersBefore beginning his tenure as director of Athletics at Chapman University 25 years ago, Dave Currey coached at the highest levels of college football, at universities such as Stanford, Cincinnati and UCLA. But in joining the team at Chapman, he was leaving behind the demands of recruiting and coaching Division I athletes.

“I came to Chapman to see if I could stay away from football,” Currey said.

Four years later, he got a call from President Jim Doti, who asked, “What do you think about starting a football team?”

Currey was ready with an answer.

“You’re crazy,” he told the president, smiling recently as he recalled the moment. “Of course we laughed, and set out to do it.”

Reviving a varsity football program after 62 years is a huge task, but then such deeds characterize the life’s work of the man known across the Chapman campus simply as Coach. In recent days, as Currey looked ahead to a retirement that began at the conclusion of this academic year, those who know him well expressed appreciation for Currey’s accomplishments, friendship and leadership.

Those achievements include:

  • A remarkable partnership with Doti that has spanned a quarter-century.
  • A slew of athletic championships, including two national titles, in softball and baseball.
  • Administrative milestones such as the move to NCAA Division III in 1994 and the university gaining membership in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) in 2011.
  • The development of premier sports facilities, including the Lastinger Athletics Complex, among the best in the division

But atop all of these triumphs are the relationships that endure and the positive spirit that prevails throughout the Department of Athletics.

“He’s the architect really,” football coach Bob Owens said of Currey. “He’s been visionary about his goals for this program and where we are today. (Excellence) has to start some place, in somebody’s mind.”

Under Currey, Chapman Athletics has grown to include 20 intercollegiate teams, which have amassed 90 playoff appearances during his tenure. The Panthers now have also earned their first three SCIAC championships, in women’s and men’s basketball and in football.

Currey’s 52 years of coaching and administrative experience permeate Chapman’s athletic programs and venues. He oversaw the construction of the Lastinger Athletic Complex in 2008 as well as the Gray Rowing Center in Newport Beach in 2003. He and his staff helped secure Tustin Ranch Golf Club as the Panthers’ home course, as well as gaining a long-term lease with the City of Orange for the baseball team to play at Hart Park and the softball squad to play at El Camino Park. What’s more, the coaches he has recruited are building their own legacies. Eight have been at Chapman for more than 15 seasons.