ABOUT COACH DUKE
Head Coach :: Adelphi Men’s Basketball
Dave Duke enters his fourth season as the head coach of Adelphi Men’s Basketball hoping to build on the success of his first three seasons at the helm. Duke inherited a 5-21 team when he was hired in April of 2014 and elevated the win total to six in his first year and 20 in his second. Over the past two season’s under Duke, the Panthers have gone a robust 38-21 including back-to-back Northeast-10 Tournament appearances. The 20-9 campaign of 2015-16 marked the first time since 2011-12 that Adelphi Men’s Basketball eclipsed the 20-win plateau.
During his first three seasons in Garden City, Duke helped Duane Morgan (’15), Anthony Libroia (’16) and Michael Coffey (’18) become the 32nd, 33rd and 34th members, respectively, in program history of the 1,000-point club. Duke also guided Libroia to a phenomenal senior year in 2015-16 that was capped by 2nd team All-NE-10 honors and 1st team All-Met honors. Coffey was named a to the CoSida Academic All-America 1st Team this past season.
Prior to being named Adelphi Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Duke spent 16 seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level. Throughout his tenures as an assistant coach at Hofstra University and Fordham University, Duke has become well known as an ace recruiter. Amongst the numerous prized recruits Duke landed while at Hofstra was Charles Jenkins. Jenkins went on to become the two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the year, a 3rd team All-American, the Pride’s all-time leading scorer, and the 44th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. Duke also brought in Antoine Agudio, who was a two-time All-CAA 1st Team member and Hoftsra’s 2nd all-time leading scorer.
After moving to Fordham, Duke continued to show his recruiting prowess as he lured top-recruits Eric Paschall and Jon Severe to the Bronx. Paschall, who was the 2014 New England Prep School Athletic Association AAA Player of the Year, went on to be named 2015 Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year. Severe was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team in 2014 following a high school career that earned him Parade All-American honors and the New York State Player of the Year award.
Duke has continued to recruit at a superb level since coming to Adelphi. In his first three years, Duke has brought in ten new Panthers. This list includes junior Michael Coffey, a 1st Team Academic All-American, 3rd team NE-10 All-Conference selection and the 5th leading scorer in the NE-10, and junior Manny Suarez, a 2nd Team NE-10 All-Conference selection, this past season. In addition, 2016-17 saw sophomore Jack Laffey earn All-Conference Honorable Mention honors and freshman Austin Beech named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team.
Coach Duke’s passion for basketball developed at an early age as he immersed himself in the storied New York basketball culture while growing up in Queens, New York. Duke played four years of varsity basketball at Cardozo High School in Queens for the all-time wins leader in PSAL history, Ron Naclerio. After earning his undergraduate degree at SUNY Albany in 1997, Duke played for one year at the New York Institute of Technology. In 1998, he launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Hofstra University under the tutelage of legendary coach Jay Wright, now the Villanova Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
After two years as a graduate assistant, Coach Duke was promoted to assistant coach at Hofstra, where he worked for one year under Coach Wright before continuing in the same capacity under Tom Pecora in 2001. An integral member of the staff at Hofstra, Duke helped the Pride become one of the top programs in the region while the team transitioned from the America East to the CAA. During his time on staff in Hempstead, Duke aided Hofstra in reaching the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT four times. Following 12 tremendous years at Hofstra, Duke joined Pecora at Fordham University as an assistant coach in April of 2010. After just two years, Duke was promoted to Associate Head Coach of the Rams.
In addition to his extensive experience as a collegiate coach, Duke was the head coach of the Long Island’s Men’s Open Team at the Empire State Games in 2003 and 2004. Under Duke’s guidance, those two teams became the first from Long Island to win back-to-back titles in the history of the Empire State Games. Coach Duke was also invited and attended the prestigious Nike Villa 7 Consortium, an invite-only gathering of the top collegiate assistant basketball coaches in the country, in both 2012 and 2013.