Dave is honored to serve District 39, as 46 of his 62 years have been within the boundaries of the District. From his elementary school years at Benjamin Franklin, through Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and then graduating from Will Rogers High School, Dave has always been proud to call himself a Tulsan.
After graduating from high school, Dave continued to stay in Tulsa to attend the University of Tulsa. There, he majored in Mechanical Engineering and played football as a quarterback. After a brief stint in the NFL, he worked as an engineer in New York City and then Tulsa.
Still having the urge to be involved in football, Dave began coaching college football in 1983 and would continue for 22 seasons covering parts of 4 decades. Dave is best known for his 12 seasons as head coach of the University of Tulsa. Other stops included the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, and the University of Mississippi.
Dave was recognized as one of the Young Oklahomans of the Year in 1989, and was awarded the NCAA District Coach of the Year honor in 1991 after his Freedom Bowl Champion University of Tulsa team finished 22nd in the national polls. ?He was appointed to the American Football Coaches Association Ethics Committee, and served as the representative of Independent Universities to the now defunct College Football Association. His Tulsa teams consistently graduated at a higher rate than the University body in general.
Outside of coaching, Dave has worked and works now in the energy industry, mainly in the midstream sector. Additional experience includes the IT industry, submersible pumps, and transportation.
Presently, Dave sits on the boards of John 3:16 Mission, Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame, and Will Rogers High School Community Foundation. Dave serves as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Tulsa, and is Secretary of Oklahoma Former NFL Players Association. In 2008, Dave was awarded the Merv Johnson Integrity in Coaching Award by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Oklahoma Chapter.
Dave is honored to be a member of four Halls of Fame:
- Will Rogers High School
- Independence Bowl
- University of Tulsa Athletic (1991 Team)
- Tulsa Public Schools Athletic
Dave was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in November of 2016 and presently serves as Vice Chair to the Senate Republican Caucus, as well as Vice Chair to the Appropriations Committee. He sits on the Finance Committee, Public Safety Committee, and Energy Committee. In addition, Dave is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
Dave was awarded 2018 Legislator of the Year by the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians.
Dave is self-employed and lives in Tulsa with his wife of 40 years, Janet. They have 3 children, and 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter; Daniel married to Deidra with sons Jett, Jax, and Knox; Jordan married to Emily with son J.D., daughter AnnaBelle, and son due March 2019; and Kendal married to Michael McMahon with son Meyers.
Dave is an author and his book, Missing Playbook Page - Fundamentals Behind the Physical, Mental, and Emotional Elements of Commitment, was released Fall 2011.