December 12, 2007
Dave Leitao has the Virginia Men's Basketball program going in the right direction. After a 15-15 season in his first year at the head of the Cavalier bench, Leitao turned his team around, leading the Cavs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years last season.
But where does Leitao's passion come from? One man that he gives a lot of credit to is Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun. Leitao was an assistant coach for Calhoun on two separate occasions, once from 1986-1994, and then again from 1996-2002.
Now an established head coach of his own, Leitao says that Calhoun was a father figure to him growing up, and that he learned many lessons from the Huskies' head coach, who is a man that Leitao remains close with, and seeks council and advice from on many occasions.
This marks the third school that Leitao has been a head coach. He compiled a 22-35 record at Northeastern, his alma mater, in two seasons from 1994-1996, before making strides at DePaul. As the Blue Demons' head coach, he put together a mark of 58-34 in three years from 2002-2005.
Click on the above video link to view part one of our series on Dave Leitao.