David Sheaffer enters his second season as the Bryn Athyn College Director of Tennis and Men's Tennis Head Coach and his 11th season of coaching at the collegiate level.
In his first season with Bryn Athyn, Sheaffer led the Lions to three wins, highlighted by a 7-2 conference defeat of the College of St. Elizabeth. Sophomore Amit Padmanabhan posted a 6-4 record at No. 1 singles, ranking fourth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
Sheaffer came to Bryn Athyn after a very successful nine-year run at Penn State Abington, winning 144 matches as the head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs.
At the helm of the men’s program, Sheaffer was a three-time NEAC Coach of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) and led the Nittany Lions to a 70-49 overall record, 27-11 against the NEAC. Abington won the NEAC West Tournament in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and claimed the regular season crown in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Under his tutelage, two Nittany Lions earned the conference’s player of the year award (Mohammed Ammouni – 2015, 2016 and Michael Litz – 2017) and four players were selected as the rookie of the year (James Howell – 2012, Mike Herman – 2014, Ammouni – 2015, Litz – 2017). He had at least five players represent the school on the all-conference team six straight years and all three of his doubles teams honored five times.
On the women’s side, Sheaffer, the NEAC Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, guided the Nittany Lions to a 74-53 mark, 41-13 in NEAC play, three NEAC West regular-season titles (2014, 2015, 2016), and seven straight NEAC West Tournament appearances—including the championship season of 2016-17. Sheaffer has coached one NEAC Player of the Year (Honora Hegarty – 2016) and two NEAC Rookies of the Year (Hegarty – 2014, Gabrielle Eberhardt – 2015). In 2016, Abington had all three doubles team named All-NEAC first team and four of its six singles players earned a place on the first team. The Nittany Lions have had all three doubles teams earn conference recognition five times.
Before joining the college ranks, Sheaffer had a four-year stint at Upper Dublin High School. In his four years with the boy’s team, the Cardinals posted a 45-9 record and won the Suburban One League Freedom Division in 2004. On the girl’s side, Upper Dublin went 30-3 mark in three seasons and won three straight Freedom Division titles in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Sheaffer returned to Upper Dublin in 2017 and led the girl’s team to a fourth Freedom Division championship and a runner-up finish in the Suburban One League Tournament.
Sheaffer is also the founder, president, and tennis director of Topspin Tennis Academy, which provides educational tennis opportunities to the local community, and a USTA Gold Cup Program instructor for the Philadelphia Area Tennis District.
A 1996 graduate of Messiah College with a degree in political science, Sheaffer helped the Falcons win the 1995 Middle Atlantic Conference championship. He was the team captain for the 1996 season and was named to the MAC Academic Honor Roll in 1994, 1995, and 1996.
Sheaffer went on to earn a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Eastern University.