Dave King

Dave King

Office Phone: (540) 432-4646

Cell Phone: (540) 746-8562


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: UC 130

Director of Athletics


Associate Director


“I want to provide leadership for an athletic program of excellence that emphasizes the development of Christian character in athletes, coaches and the larger community through participation as players or spectators. I want the athletic department to be an integral part of the fabric of the university with strong ties to the EMU constituents and the broader community. The EMU coaches will recruit quality student athletes who desire a Christian education and fit with the universities mission and goals.”

Dave began his professional career in the alumni office at EMU before moving to Lancaster, PA where he taught elementary and middle school Physical Education, was the athletic director and coached several sports. After receiving his master’s degree, he served as Executive Director at Camp Hebron for five years. In 1991, he was invited to Lancaster Mennonite High School where he served for 14 years as Athletic Director along with various administrative duties, including Middle School Principal. He returned to EMU to carry out his vision for an athletic program of excellence through which Christian character is developed.


M.Ed., Temple University – Educational Administration

B.S., Eastern Mennonite College – Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Camping and Youth Ministry


King, David and Starbuck, Margot, 2016. (Overplayed: A Parent’s Guide to Sanity in the World of Youth Sports). Virginia: Herald Press

Other Presentations

“Youth Sports Insanity: Is it Worth the Time and Money we Spend?” – MMA Stewardship University, Lancaster, PA 2009
“Finding a Healthy Balance within the Sports Culture” – School for Leadership Training, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 2009
“Sports: Opportunity or Obstacle” – Believers In Conversation Conference, Kidron, Ohio 2009
Sports: A Bridge to Where? – Mennonite Youth Convention

Our Growing Obsession with Sports – Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN
Concerns for the Youth Sports Movement – Salem, VA Rotary Club Meeting

Church, Community and Professional Service

“Sports: Opportunity or Obsession” – sermon at Kidron Mennonite Church, April, 2009
Christian Education Commission – Zion Mennonite Church
Pastor Congregation Relations Committee – Zion Mennonite Church
Mennonite Youth Convention Planning, 1993-2005
Song Leader/SS Teacher – Zion Mennonite Church
Elder – Zion Mennonite Church
Past President – Shenandoah Valley Athletic Club

Certifications and Licenses

Ministerial License for special ministry of itinerant speaking on faith and athletics – Virginia Mennonite Conference

Professional Memberships

National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

New Courses Taught

Facility Design and Supervision
College Writing for Transitions (Transitions component)
Sport and Athletic Administration – MBA program for Bluffton University

EMU Service

Faculty/Staff Conference Planning Committee
Chords of Distinction Selection Committee
Provost Search Committee
Enrollment Strategies Committee
Strategic Marketing and Enrollment Team