Dave Leitao

Dave Leitao (born May 18, 1960)

Teams coached: Northeastern Huskies, DePaul Blue Demons, Virginia Cavaliers, Maine Red Claws
Northeastern record: 22-35 (.386)
Virginia record: 63-60 (.512)
DePaul record: 127-146 (.465)
Overall record^: 212-241 (.468)

Career Accomplishments:

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2015-2021 DePaul
2014-2015 Tulsa (asst)
2012-2014 Missouri (asst)
2011-2012 Maine Red Claws
2005-2009 Virginia
2002-2005 DePaul
1996-2002 Connecticut (asst)
1994-1996 Northeastern
1986-1994 Connecticut (asst)
1984-1986 Northeastern (asst)

Dave Leitao Facts

  • David Antonio Leitao, Jr.
  • Born May 18, 1960
  • Hometown: New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Alma Mater: Northeastern University (BS, 1983)
  • The Mass-native played for the Northeastern Huskies for Hall of Fame head coach Jim Calhoun
  • Spent a total of 16 seasons as an assistant to Calhoun, two at Northeastern and fourteen at UConn (two separate stints)
    • In between assistant stints, Leitao was the head coach at alma mater Northeastern for two seasons
    • Was on the UConn staff in 1999 when Calhoun and the Huskies won their first NCAA National Championship
  • First arrived at DePaul in 2002, coaching the Blue Demons for three seasons
    • Won 58 games and went to one NCAA Tournament and two NITs during this first stint in Chicago
  • Left DePaul for Virginia in 2005, winning 63 games in four seasons with the Cavaliers
    • Won a share of the ACC title in 2007, reaching that NCAA Tournament that year but in none of the other three
    • Resigned in March 2009 following a 10-18 (4-12) 11th place ACC finish
  • Was the head coach of the Maine Red Claws of the NBDL for one season (2011-12), going 21-29 overall
  • Spent the next three seasons – two at Missouri and one at Tulsa – as an assistant under Frank Haith
  • Returned to DePaul in 2015 to become the head coach for the second time
    • Won just nine or ten games in each of his first three seasons before going 15-15 (7-11) in year four
    • In March 2020, DePaul reached an agreement with Leitao to extend his contract through the 2023-24 season
    • A year later, new AD DeWayne Peevy fired Leitao as head coach he was 66-113 in his second stint (127-146 overall) at DePaul
  • Along with his wife, Joyce, has three sons

Dave Leitao Coaching Tree

  • Bill Courtney (Cornell)
  • Gene Cross (Erie BayHawks, Toledo)
  • Rob Lanier (SMU, Georgia State)
  • Patrick Sellers (Central Connecticut)

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only