The Free Press
Dave Balza has resigned as head coach of the Bethany Lutheran
College men¹s basketball team. He has accepted the head coaching position at
Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. ‹ a Division II
In two seasons at Bethany, Balza compiled a 28-25 overall record and a 22-6
mark in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). He led the Vikings to
their first UMAC regular season championship in 2012. Bethany reached the
UMAC championship game in both seasons under Balza.
Prior to coming to Bethany, Balza was the first head coach at Florida Gulf
Coast University. He served there from its inaugural season of 2002-03
through the 2010-11 season.
Among his other coaching stints were St. Joseph¹s College of Indiana
(1998-2001), assistant coach at Ashland University (1996-1998) and Cleveland
State University (1991-1996). He also served as a student manager for the
national champion University of Michigan Wolverines in 1989.