Bio entering 2013-14
David Velasquez enters his 12th season at San Diego State and first as an assistant coach. Prior to his appointment, 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 will continue and increase his role 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. Now, he will take those sessions to the practice floor.
Velasquez will also have a bigger role in the performance of Aztecs in the classroom. The Bay Area native will work 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.
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 his current position, 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 six more 20-win seasons, including five with at least 23 victories, and reached the postseason in each of the last six years. More recently, Velasquez has helped the Aztecs earn an NCAA Tournament berth four years in a row, win the first three NCAA Tournament games in program history and reach the third round of the Big Dance in two of the last three seasons.