David Gring was named Valparaiso University's head men’s golf coach in June 2011. A two-time Horizon League Coach of the Year (2013, 2015), he enters his eighth season at the helm of the Crusader program in 2018-19.
In 2017-18, the Valpo men’s golf team continued its tradition of excellence in the classroom under Gring, receiving the NCAA Public Recognition Award for outstanding academic performance for the third consecutive year. Senior Michael Doherty was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team, while junior Mitchell Wittmann received MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention.
The Crusaders have been honored as a GCAA All-Academic Team (team with a GPA over 3.0) for eight straight years. They've received GCAA President's Special Recognition (team GPA over 3.5) for seven consecutive seasons.
Gring guided the Crusaders through the transition to the prestigious and competitive Missouri Valley Conference in 2017-18. The team exceeded expectations in its first season in The Valley, finishing in sixth place in the conference championships, two places higher than predicted in the Pre-Championship Poll.
Individuals continued to excel under Gring’s instruction, highlighted by freshman Drew Alexander matching a program record by carding a 65 over the first 18 holes of the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational on Sept. 25. Gring coached Alexander and fellow freshman Brett Seward to immediate success in the collegiate ranks, as they finished 2017-18 as part of a three-way tie for the individual team lead.
Under Gring's direction, 2017 graduates Peter Webb and Nick Seitz became two of the most accomplished golfers in program history. Webb finished with a program-record 74.26 career scoring average, while Seitz exited second in program history in career scoring average at 74.92. Webb finished his senior season with a scoring average of 73.30, eclipsing his own single-season program record from the year prior.
Webb was named the co-Player of the Year in the Horizon League in 2017, becoming the first Crusader to receive that honor. Nick Seitz also received all-league recognition on the all-league second team and all-tournament team. Seitz excelled both athletically and academically, graduating with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in biology and chemistry and winning Valpo's Laurel Award for the highest GPA of any graduating senior.
Gring guided the 2016-2017 Crusaders to a 299.0 team scoring average, the second-best team scoring average in program history behind only 2014-2015 (296.2). The Crusaders continued to uphold their standard of excellence in the classroom as well, finishing the 2016-2017 academic year with a 3.63 team GPA, the highest of a men's team in any sport in the Horizon League.
The 2015-16 season saw Gring guide the Crusaders to their third consecutive season with a team scoring average below 300. Along the way, Peter Webb set a new program record for lowest individual scoring average, while both Webb and Nick Seitz earned All-League accolades for a second straight season. In the classroom, the 2015-16 squad posted a team GPA of 3.755 - the best of any Division I men's golf program in the nation.
Gring led the Crusaders to perhaps their best all-around season in program history during the 2014-15 campaign. Named Horizon League Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the regular season, Gring guided Valpo as it set a new program record for four-man team scoring average at 296.2 - three strokes clear of second place.
In addition, the Crusaders broke every individual and team tournament record during the 2014-15 season, while Valpo's top three golfers posted the top three individual single-season scoring averages to that point in program history. The Crusaders claimed team titles at the CSU Cougar Classic and the Wright State Invitational, defeating each of the other six Horizon League institutions at the latter tournament, and also earned a runner-up finish at the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate.
Gring has taken the Crusader men's golf program to new heights in his time at the helm, including leading Valpo to the team title at the 2013 Horizon League Championship. The Crusaders have earned five team tournament titles in his time as head coach - in addition to the Horizon League title and the two trophies in 2014-15, Valpo has claimed the Purdue Midwest Shootout (2012) and the Bradley Invitational (2013).
The individuals under Gring's tutelage have also enjoyed success over his tenure. In that time, six Crusaders have earned individual medalist honors at tournaments, including Thomas Wettstein claiming the individual title at the Horizon League Championship in 2013. Ten individuals have picked up runner-up finishes over that time as well. At the league level, 11 Crusaders have earned all-league honors, while Peter Webb was tabbed the Horizon League Freshman of the Year in 2014 before going on to share the league’s Player of the Year award as a senior.
The Crusaders have earned 16 Academic All-League honors during Gring's tenure. Twelve golfers have received GCAA All-America Scholar accolades, while Kyle Henning closed out his career by claiming CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District honors in 2014.
Gring played golf for the Crusaders from 1985-1988 and was a two-time team Most Valuable Player. He earned All-Heartland Conference honors in 1985 before receiving All-AMCU accolades in 1987. He played on the U.S. Amateur Tour during the summers of 1986 and 1987.
David and his wife Pam have four children: Ryan born in 2000, Lauren born in 2002, Nicholas born in 2005 and Grace born in 2006.