The 2013-14 season marks Dave Denly's 16th year as the head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern College. He has built a program from scratch into one of the best in the KCAC, utilizing an up-tempo and aggressive style to finish no lower than fourth place in the conference in every season since he took the reins.
Denly’s overall record at SC is 296-156, and he has guided his team to six consecutive 20-win seasons, setting school records along the way for both total victories in a season and conference wins in a season. He has coached 20 All-Conference players, 26 Academic All-Americans and 40 Academic All-Conference selections in his tenure at Southwestern, and the Lady Builders have had the KCAC Player of the Year four times during his tutelage.
Before taking over the women’s program at SC, Denly served as an assistant coach to Brad Horstmann in the Builder men’s program for two years. During that time, the Southwestern men qualified for the national tournament and won the KCAC conference tournament.
Denly, who is in his fourth year as the Director of Athletics at Southwestern College, came to SC in the summer of 1996 because of his love for coaching and at the invitation of Horstmann, who had been his best friend in college, to join his Moundbuilder coaching staff. Before relocating to Winfield, he was working as a pricing accountant at Pella Windows, Inc., in Pella, Iowa.
Denly played at Pekin (Packwood) High school in rural Iowa, where he led the Panthers to a 51-23 record in four years, and was a four-year letter winner and a three-year all-conference performer. During his junior and senior seasons, he was named to the all-state teams in both basketball and football. He still holds numerous records at his high school, where he is the all-time scoring leading with 1,263 points.
He played collegiately at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and the Knights went 56-23 and won two conference championships during his four years, also qualifying for the NCAA DIII national tournament in both of those championship seasons. Although not a starter at Wartburg, Denly contributed heavily to the successes of those teams by playing the valuable sixth-man role. He attributes that role to his belief that every player has a significant role to play in the success of any athletic team.
Denly graduated from Wartburg in 1993 with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and accounting.
A Winfield resident, Denly is married to Sara (Peterson) Denly, a Southwestern alum (2000) from Herington, Kan. The Denlys have two children: Benjamin Cole, born on July 11, 2004, and Abegale Jayne, born Dec. 23, 2005. Denly enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with his family.