David Dallabrida Sr.

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David Dallabrida has distinguished himself over the last four decades as one of the area’s most outstanding golf instructors. During that span, Dave has done two stints as the head golf coach at Mount Carmel Area totaling 17 years, as well as, two years as an assistant with Lourdes Regional. Dallabrida has compiled an outstanding 86-33 record in medal play. His teams were crowned Division Champions in the Schuylkill League in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005. One of his golfers, Josh Spieller, won a Schuylkill League individual crown in 2005, while students Mark Costello and Billy Ditchey were crowned Schuylkill League Dual Champions in 2007. Dave also has the distinction of coaching three District IV Champions in Glenn Adams (1974), and Doug Delaney in 1995 and 1996. In total, Dave has had 8 golfers (Adams, Delaney twice, Zosh, Spieller, Mike Paulson, Damian Dallabrida, Costello, Ditchey) advance to the final round of District IV competition and one (Costello) proceed to the Regional Championships. For his efforts, Dave was selected as the Local High Schiil Golf Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2006. Three of his golfers – Glenn Adams, Doug Delaney, and Mike Zosh – later became PGA Professional Golfers.

As a golfer himself, Dave was a member of the Bloomsburg College Golf Team in 1968 and 1969. He won the Fountain Springs President’s Cup in 1969 and Shamokin Valley Country Club First Flight Championship in 1971. He was a Public Links Tour Participant from 1974-1976 and recently was a three-time Championship Flight Club Champion at Three Ponds in 1995, 1997, and 2001. He also won three consecutive Rotary Championship titles from 1993 to 1995. He has had 5 holes-in-one during his playing days and has held a 1-2 USGA Handicap.

David is a 1967 graduate of Mount Carmel Area and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bloomsburg College in 1972. He secured a post graduate degree from Penn State University and taught school at Mount Carmel Area for 32 years. He is married to the former Diane Mirarchi for 30 years, and has two sons, David – 28, and Damian – 20. Today he joins his father Ed “Secky” Dallabrida (1986) as a member of the Ed Romance Lower Anthracite Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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