Dave Duke was named head coach of the men's basketball program at Adelphi University on April, 29, 2014 by Director of Athletics Danny McCabe, and enters his fifth season at the helm of the Panthers in 2018-19.
In his tenure at Adelphi, Duke has led a program turnaround, and has posted a pair of winning seasons after Adelphi had recorded a series of consecutive losing campaigns. In his second season, the Panthers more than tripled their wins from a season ago to finish with a 20-9 overall record - posting a 20-win season and appearing in the Northeast-10 Tournament for the first time in four years. Three players have become 1,000-point scorers under Duke's direction, four have earned All-Met status, and Michael Coffey was named the program's first CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2016-17 before repeating in 2017-18.
Prior to Adelphi, Duke spent four years at Fordham, and was Associate Head Coach in his final two years. He helped the Rams to an appearance in the Atlantic-10 Championship during his final season, and was instrumental in recruiting Atlantic-10 and All-Met Rookie of the Year Jon Severe, who set the Fordham freshman scoring record. In those four years, Duke's recruiting efforts helped elevate the talent pool considerably, leading to a resurgence of the program.
Duke started his basketball coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Hofstra University under the tutelage of current Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright. He was then elevated to assistant coach after two seasons. Duke worked under Wright for one season before joining Tom Pecora's staff at Hofstra when he was named head coach in 2001. An integral member of the staff at Hofstra, Duke helped the Pride become one of the top programs in the region. He was a part of two NCAA tournaments (2000 and 2001) and four National Invitation Tournaments including three in a row (2005-07) at Hofstra. During the 2005-06 seasons, the Pride tied a school record with 26 wins and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.
Duke helped bring in a number of top level recruiting classes at Hofstra including the programs all-time leading scorer and three-time Haggerty Award winner and Golden State Warrior draft pick, Charles Jenkins, and Antoine Agudio, Hofstra's all-time leading scorer (until he was surpassed by Jenkins), who finished 13th in the NCAA during 2007-08. In addition, Duke coached guards Craig "Speedy" Claxton, who was chosen in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft and Norman Richardson, who appeared in the NBA with the Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers.
In 2003 and 2004, Duke was the head coach of the Long Island's men's open team at the Empire State Games that won consecutive championships -- the first time that Long Island has ever won back-to-back titles in the history of the Empire State Games. In 2003, Duke became one of the youngest coaches ever to win the gold medal in the open men's basketball competition. In 2004, Long Island won the championship by an average margin of victory of 33 points per game. The team also averaged 100 points per game and beat New York City on the way to the championship.
Duke earned his undergraduate degree in 1997 from SUNY Albany where he majored in communications with a minor in education. In the 1997-98 season, he played on the basketball team at nearby New York Institute of Technology.