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Dave Velasquez enters his 15th season at San Diego State and fourth as an assistant coach. Prior to his appointment as an assistant coach, he spent six seasons as the program’s director of player development.
Velasquez’s responsibilities include recruiting, on-court coaching, skill development and academics.
As an assistant, Velasquez is heavily involved in player development. In his previous role, he spent countless hours with former and current Aztecs analyzing their performance in games and in practice on video. Currently, he applies those sessions on the practice floor.
Velasquez also plays a huge role in the performance of Aztecs in the classroom. The Bay Area native works directly with San Diego State’s academic advisors, tutors and mentors to ensure standards are met.
What may go unnoticed is his relationship with players. As a former SDSU men’s basketball student-athlete and recruit host, Velasquez understands all of the virtues that an Aztec basketball player possesses, which allows him to relate to the entire roster.
In his first season as an assistant, Velasquez helped ink a consensus top-15 recruiting class, while helping the Aztecs enjoy one of their finest seasons ever, which culminated in 31 wins, a Mountain West regular-season title and an NCAA Sweet 16 berth. He was also key in the development of Xavier Thames, who was a 2014 All-American, Mountain West Player of the Year and NBA draft pick.
In 2014-15, he coached SDSU to 27 victories, a second straight MW regular-season crown and an appearance in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Velasquez was also key in the Aztecs inking two four-star players for 2015-16, which resulted in 28 wins, another MW title and an appearance in the semifinals of the NIT. This season, Velasquez helped secure another four-star player and three Division I transfers.
As San Diego State’s director of player development, Velasquez assisted the basketball coaching staff with video breakdown, film exchange, travel, community service and handled many of the day-to-day office duties.
Prior to working as the director of player development, Velasquez was a student manager for the 2002-03 season before serving as head manager from 2003-07.
In 2002-03, San Diego State earned a berth to postseason NIT, where the Aztecs picked up their first Division I postseason tournament victory en route to an appearance in the second round.
Then in 2005-06, San Diego State won the Mountain West with a 13-3 league record before winning the MW tournament. As a result, the Aztecs advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time under head coach Steve Fisher and won a then school-record 24 games.
Fisher awarded Velasquez a scholarship in December 2006 and was added to the active roster in January 2007.
As an official playing member of the team, Velasquez played in four games and recorded a steal. He was a member of a team that finished with a 22-11 record and advanced to the second round of the postseason NIT.
In Velasquez’s five seasons as manager, the Aztecs went to the postseason three times and won 22 or more games twice.
Following his graduation from San Diego State in May 2007, Velasquez was hired at the University of the Pacific later that month. As the Tigers' graduate manager, he assisted with UOP’s camps, created highlight tapes and coordinated film exchange before returning to his alma mater.
Since his return, SDSU has recorded nine more 20-win seasons, including eight straight with at least 23 victories, and reached the postseason in each of the last nine years. More recently, Velasquez has helped the Aztecs earn an NCAA tournament berth in six of the last seven years, win the first six NCAA tournament games in program history and reach at least the third round of the Big Dance in four of the last six seasons, including two Sweet 16 appearances.