Damn, first Steve Belichick and now this:
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.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
The Smalley family is very appreciative and encouraged by all of the warm
and loving guest book messages.