Dave Alden is in his first season as the Ichabod and Lady Blues head tennis coach starting his tenure on July 1, 2008.
Prior to joining the Washburn program, spent five seasons as the head coach at Metro State in Denver where he led his men's team to three consecutive NCAA Regional Tournaments and back-to-back RMAC Tournament championships. In five seasons as the Roadrunners head coach, Alden has been named the RMAC's coach of the year twice, coached two players of the year, one freshman of the year and has had 28 men's players earn all-conference honors and 11 women's players earn all-conference honors.
Prior to coming to Metro State, Alden served as one of three full-time staff tennis professionals at Regency Sport and Health in McLean, Va. While in Virginia, Alden served as a coach for both the junior and adult United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams and as a coach for top-ranked juniors in the Mid-Atlantic region. He was also an assistant director and co-founder of the Hank Harris Tennis Academy in Alexandria, Va. While at Hank Harris, Alden coached several top-ranked juniors in the area, and also developed all of the marketing materials for the academy.
Before moving to Virginia, Alden served as a staff professional and adult program director at the Fort Collins Indoor Tennis Center in Fort Collins, Colo., from 1992-95. While in Fort Collins, Alden was instrumental in developing a program for top-ranked juniors in the Northern Colorado area and coached USTA junior and adult teams throughout his tenure. Furthermore, he served as assistant tournament director for numerous USTA sanctioned tournaments and served on a committee that designed four additional outdoor tennis courts at the facility. Prior to his years at the Fort Collins Indoor Center, Alden served one year as an assistant tennis professional at the Fort Collins Country Club, while he began his coaching career as an assistant at Poudre High School in Fort Collins. In addition to his duties as an assistant varsity coach, he also headed up the men's and women's junior varsity programs.
Throughout his career, Alden has served as a USTA umpire, NTRP Tennis Rater, Wilson Professional Advisory staff member and has also been on the ITA women's regional ranking committee. He is currently on the NCAA men's regional ranking committee.
Alden earned a bachelor's degree in sport industry operations with a minor in marketing from Metro State in December 2004. In addition to his coaching duties for the Roadrunners, Alden is an assistant athletic director for marketing in the athletics department. He handles all of the marketing for the department, runs the corporate sponsor program and is the event coordinator for Metro State's summer concert series. Alden served as the tournament director for the first ever Denver area collegiate wheelchair tournament.
Alden and his wife, Megan, have two daughters, Alexa (6) and Nadia (3).