December 13, 2007
When Dave Leitao's playing days were over at Northeastern University, he set his sites on remaining in the game of basketball. Leitao found coaching to be his calling, and has found great success in the profession.
Leitao began as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 1984. After two seasons, he followed legendary coach Jim Calhoun to Connecticut, where he remained for eight seasons. Leitao returned to Northeastern in 1994 for his first head coaching job, where he compiled a 22-35 record in just two seasons. After his second stint as an assistant at UConn, Leitao made his way to DePaul, where he experienced success. In three seasons, he accumulated a mark of 58-34, and led the Blue Demons to postseason appearances in all three seasons, twice to the NIT, and also to the NCAA Tournament.
Leitao left Chicago and made his way to Charlottesville, where he took over for the departed Pete Gillen. In his first season at Virginia, he led the Cavaliers to a 15-15 record, including an NIT berth. Last season, he guided the team to a complete turnaround, leading the Cavs to a 21-11 finish, and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years.
The head coach says that his primary goal is the make Virginia's program the best that it can be, and constantly make it better. Leitao pushes for perfection, which is starting to show on the court. The Cavaliers are out to a 7-2 start, and will tip off against Hampton on Wednesday night
Click on the above video link to view the third and final installment of our segment, Dave Leitao: Beyond the Bench.