David Currey
David Currey
Title: Director of Athletics
Previous College: Cal State Los Angeles (1969)

When David Currey was appointed Chapman University's Director of Athletics in 1990, the program had just nine intercollegiate athletic teams and competed at the NCAA Division II level. Soon after he took the reins the university began to shift gears and he was asked to oversee and support the program's transition to the Division III level, cementing a partnership between him and university President James Doti for over 25 years - the longest President-AD tenure in school history.

Since the school's inter-division move in 1994 and the revival of football at Chapman ending a 62-year hiatus, the Panthers have grown to 20 intercollegiate athletic teams and eight club sports. In 2011, Chapman accepted an invitation to become the ninth member of the prestigious Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Including intramurals, an estimated one in four Chapman students participates in sports.

Currey's leadership has thrust the Panthers into national prominence as an athletics power. During his tenure, Chapman has won national championships in softball (1995) and baseball (2003), had the football, volleyball, men's and women’s basketball teams ranked in the top-25 in the nation, and sent the school's 20 intercollegiate teams/individuals to the NCAA playoffs 90 times in the past 20 years. In 2014 under Currey’s guidance, Chapman earned its first two SCIAC championships in women's basketball (co-champs) and football.

Currey came to Chapman after a stint as an assistant football coach at UCLA in 1989. Prior to that, he was the head football coach at Cincinnati from 1984-89. He made a name for himself in Southern California as the head coach of the Long Beach State ’49ers from 1977-84, winning a Pacific Coast Athletics Association championship in 1980. In 2010, Currey was inducted into the St. Bonaventure High School Hall of Fame for leading the Seraphs to a CIF championship in 1968.

Currey earned a bachelor's degree from Cal State Los Angeles in 1966 and master’s degree from Stanford University in 1969. He took an assistant coaching position at Stanford and went to the Rose Bowl with the Cardinal in 1971 and 1972.