Coach Dave Currey came to St. Bonaventure in the spring of 1967 as the new Athletic Director and Football coach. He was to bring the Seraphs into Tri Valley League following the school’s inaugural season as a free lance school. In 1968, his second year at SBHS, Coach Currey guided the Seraph football team to the “A” CIF Championship. This was the first championship of any type for SBHS and it was achieved in just the third year in which the school competed in organized sports. The following year, Coach Currey led the Seraphs to ten consecutive wins and a Tri Valley League Championship before bowing out in CIF semi-final game.
In addition to being Athletic Director and Head Football coach, he taught Civics, Physical Education, and Driver’s Education. He built a strong booster program and he contributed greatly to the school’s fundraising efforts. He has stated that leaving SBHS was not an easy decision because he valued so highly the feeling of community and the sense of commitment which existed at the school.
Coach Currey left St. Bonaventure in 1970 to become an assistant coach at Stanford University. He served on the staff of heralded coach John Ralston. During this time Stanford won the 1971 and 1972 Rose Bowls led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Jim Plunkett.
Coach Currey moved on from Stanford to become an NCAA Division I head coach at Long Beach State University (1977-84) and the University of Cincinnati (1984-89). While at Long Beach State, Coach Currey guided the 49ers to a Pacific Coast Athletic Association championship in 1980. In 1989, he returned to southern California to become an assistant coach at UCLA. Since 1990, he has been Director of Athletics at Chapman University in Orange, California.
When Coach Currey started at Chapman, the program had just 9 intercollegiate athletic teams and competed at the NCAA Division II level. Soon after his appointment the university began to shift gears and he was asked to oversee and support the program’s transition to the Division III level. Since the school’s inter-division move in 1994, the Panthers have expanded to 18 intercollegiate athletic teams including the revival of football after a 62 year absence.
Currey and his wife Elaine, a speech pathologist, have six children and currently reside in Laguna Beach
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