This week's second edition of W.I.N.S. (Weekly Interview with Notable Saints) is with the Mercyhurst North East head men's basketball coach David Gahan. David took some time out of his busy day to answer questions about himself, his coaching, and his personal life.
When did you get involved in coaching? Coaching at MNE?
I started as a graduate assistant in the Fall of 2008. I became the Head Men's Basketball Coach in the spring of 2009.
What is one of the most rewarding aspects of coaching at MNE?
The most rewarding aspect of coaching at MUNE is seeing the success your former players achieve when they graduate and move on to the next chapters of their lives.
What is your favorite MNE men's basketball memory?
Advancing to the Region 3 championship game in 2011 with a blowout win over Genesee.
Best MNE men's basketball accomplishment.
In the 2013-2014 season we knocked off the #2 team in the country and were ranked top 5 in the country for a couple of months.
What is your favorite part of coaching at MNE?
I really enjoy the people that I am around every day. We have a great group of coaches in the office and great individuals that work throughout our campus. It makes it very easy to enjoy going to work when you look forward to seeing the people you work with.
What is the greatest lesson learned from coaching at MNE
My greatest lesson learned at MNE is to never take an accomplishment (on or off the court) for granted. It is very important to continue working towards your ultimate goals and keep pushing no matter what the circumstances may be.
Who is your mentor/rolemodel?
My former college coach Dave Niland has been very supportive and helpful in my young coaching career. He is usually who I turn to for advice when it comes to coaching.
What is your greatest lifetime accomplishment thus far?
I have a few accomplishments I am very proud of, but I am most proud of being named the head men's basketball coach at Mercyhurst North East at the age of 23.
If you were stranded on an island, but could have 3 things, what would they be?
A cell phone, a basketball and some game film.
If you could have lunch with any person in the world, dead or alive, real or fiction, who would it be?
Coach K. The greatest coach out there!
Toss-up between Tacos and flat bread pizza.
Keep your head up- Andy Grammar
Remember the Titans
Favorite thing to do? Hobbies?
I enjoy to get out and golf as much as possible in the summer.
Any day I get a chance to spend time with my family and girlfriend is a good day.
Going for runs to the lake.
Visiting friends out of the area as much as possible.
If there was a movie based on your life, who would play you?
If your full time job wasn't coaching, what would you be doing now?
I've been told that I would excel in doing sales.
If you were given $1 million today, what would you do?
Pay off my student loans and then invest in stocks with the $10 dollars that are left over.
Favorite sport teams?
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team. 2015 National champs!!
All-time favorite athlete?
Lebron James- Have you seen this guy put Cleveland on his back?!
The best advice you ever gave to someone.
Know who you are and what you do.
Make sure to come out this winter and catch David Gahan in action coaching the Saints men's basketball team at Liguori Fieldhouse.
Next week, we will have a Q&A with the Saints Softball Assistant Coach Ron Bretz and see what his greatest accomplishments, favorite coaching moments, best golf score and more are.