Another Legend


Jun 15, 2006
Damn, first Steve Belichick and now this:

Dave's loving family has been with him all day. They want everyone to know
that he On May 27, 2007, Dave fell in his home and hit his head. He went to work on
Tuesday but told Uncle Frank that he was not feeling quite right. Tuesday
afternoon, he was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis,
Maryland. From his fall he suffered a delayed, severe head trauma/stroke. He
is in acute care with very few visitors allowed. He is currently on what is
considered life support and is not expected to recover.

His family and loved ones are with him. The Smalley family is currently
waiting the return of Dave's son Danny from military duty in Afganistan. If
all goes well, Danny is expected to arrive in Annapolis by the weekend.
is in no pain, his color is good, and he is on no medications.
Although this is difficult for the family to announce, it is certain that
our beloved Dave will not regain consciousness.

A memorial service is being tentatively planned for next week. The service
will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy's Chapel. Dave wishes to be cremated
and laid to rest in the Columbarium on Hospital Point on the U.S. Naval
Academy grounds.

The Smalley family is very appreciative and encouraged by all of the warm
and loving guest book messages.

Dave Smalley was Class of 1957 and has been fighting cancer for the last several years. He played baseball and basketball and after his USMC commtiment, came back to the Academy as the men's basketball coach. When women came, he took a ragtag team, most who had never played high school basketball, and went 10-1 their first year. Later, he became assistant athletic director, giving up men's basketball but continuing to coach the women, and is still the NCAA compliance guru. But more importantly, back in the days before three field houses and plush offices, he was always around.He was the guy with the clipboard urging one more pushup, one more swim stroke, one last push on the mile run. He cared. He will definitely be missed.
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Smalley will be missed

Basketball, the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis and society in general suffered a great loss this week; Dave Smalley died.

He earned three letters in both baseball and basketball at Navy. He also coached basketball at the academy and served as a longtime athletic administrator there. But he was far more than someone who simply filled those billets....
A 'mountain of integrity' in Annapolis

Coach, administrator spent 50 years at Navy

Published in the BS:,1,4718947.story

Dave Smalley, a former Navy basketball coach whose life revolved around family, sports and the nurturing of young athletes, died yesterday at age 72 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

The cause of death, according to his son David Smalley, was complications from cancer. Smalley had developed a blood clot on the brain after a fall at home last Saturday night and had been in intensive care since Tuesday....


Navy last year named its basketball court for Dave Smalley, who spent 22 years as a head coach.
(Sun photo by David Hobby)
Jan 7, 2006

Former Navy basketball coach Smalley dies

Dave Smalley, coached the Navy men’s and women’s basketball teams during his more than 50 years with Naval Academy athletics, died Friday night at an Annapolis hospital of complications from cancer. He was 72.

Navy’s basketball court is named for Smalley, who coached the men’s basketball team from 1966-76. After stepping down as the men’s coach, he began shepherding the women’s basketball program into existence, and he coached the women from 1977-89....
Funeral Arrangements For Dave Smalley

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

4-8 p.m.: Wake on Dave Smalley Court at Alumni Hall

4-8 p.m.: Reception in Bo Coppedge Room at Alumni Hall

Note: Shuttle busses will start running at 3 p.m. from the press box side of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for those that do not have a Department of Defense sticker and ID.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

10 a.m.: Funeral service at the Naval Academy Chapel with burial following at the USNA Columbarium

11:30 a.m.: Luncheon reception at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Banquet Facility following burial

Note: Shuttle busses will start running at 8:30 a.m. from the press box side of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for those that do not have a valid Department of Defense sticker and ID.

If you have a pass to drive on to the Naval Academy Yard, you can take the Naval Academy busses from the Chapel to the columbarium and then back to the chapel.

If you are parking at the stadium, take the Annapolis Bus Company shuttle busses from the chapel to the columbarium and then from the columbarium back to the football stadium.

Dave Smalley Fund
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Naval Academy Athletic Association/Dave Smalley Fund for Academic Advancement for Student-Athletes, 566 Brownson Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.