David McGreal
David McGreal
Title: Head Coach, Men's Basketball; Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services
Phone: 814-949-5311
Email: djm570@psu.edu

David McGreal is the head men’s basketball coach at Penn State Altoona.

McGreal’s hiring in July 2016 made him the sixth head coach in the Division III era of the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball program, which began with the team’s first season as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1998-1999.

Prior to arriving at Penn State Altoona, McGreal posted a successful 15-year track record as a basketball coach, ascending the ranks from high school to junior college to the NCAA Division III level. His previous coaching position was at LaGrange College (GA), where he spent five seasons and helped guide the Panthers to three consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

Prior to the start of his coaching career, McGreal was a four-year player at Division III Maryville College (TN), where he played all three guard positions and contributed to two NCAA Tournament teams. He graduated from Maryville in 1998 with a degree in Psychology.

McGreal’s coaching career began in 2001, when he returned to Maryville as a volunteer assistant coach. That season, the Scots finished with a 24-5 record and advanced into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

In 2002, McGreal embarked upon a four-year stint as the head boys’ basketball coach at Rockledge High School (FL). His varsity squad achieved a 20-win season in 2006, and McGreal was awarded the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 13 Coach of the Year honor. During his time at Rockledge, he also served as the assistant athletic director and was a Social Studies teacher.

McGreal moved on to lead the boys’ basketball team at Gulf Breeze High School (FL) for three years, beginning in 2006. He helped the Gulf Breeze varsity team record its first winning season in 13 years in the 2007-2008 campaign. McGreal also coordinated fundraising, budgeting, and marketing initiatives with Gulf Breeze athletics boosters, and he served as a Social Studies teacher at the school.

In 2009, McGreal returned to the college ranks to assume the role of assistant men’s basketball coach at Roane State Community College (TN). Among his duties with the men’s basketball program were helping to oversee game management, executing day-to-day workout plans and practices, and serving as the recruiting coordinator. McGreal helped produce four NCAA Division I transfers, including the first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American men’s basketball player in Roane State program history. In addition to coaching, McGreal was in charge of the college’s intramural sports program.

After two years at Roane State, McGreal advanced to become the associate head men’s basketball coach at Division III LaGrange in 2011 and helped the program reach new heights. In 2012-2013, McGreal assisted LaGrange to its first-ever Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular season title. The next two seasons, the Panthers achieved back-to-back USA South Conference championships and earned automatic bids into the NCAA Division III Tournament each year, the first NCAA postseason appearances in program history. In 2015-2016, the Panthers posted a 20-9 overall record – the most wins since the team’s 1991-1992 season – and picked up an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

At LaGrange, McGreal worked closely with head coach and former Scots teammate Kendal Wallace to devise practice and game plans. He was also the program’s recruiting coordinator, bringing in 50 student-athletes in four recruiting classes, including a GSAC Freshman of the Year and the first National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-South Region selection in team history. McGreal was the head coach of the Panthers’ junior varsity squad, the Varsity Reserve Program. He also served as LaGrange’s Director of College Access and Admissions, providing strategic insight in recruiting for the college.

Throughout his basketball career, McGreal has been involved in operating 14 different basketball camps from 1995 to present, and he also has experience coaching at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) level, as he established the Breeze Basketball youth club.

McGreal is a member of the NABC, the Georgia Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). He earned a Master’s degree in Education from LaGrange in 2014.

McGreal originally hails from Rockledge, Fla., and he and his wife, Jamie, have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Carter.