Dave Scott started his term as athletic director at the University of West Florida on May 21, 2008. During his time leading the department, UWF athletics has seen unprecedented growth while its teams continue to enjoy success.
The Argonauts have continued to succeed with Mr. Scott at the helm, winning at least four conference titles in each of his first nine years. UWF has won 92 conference championships (GSC – 90, NSISC – 2) with 47 of those championships coming under his watch. The 90 GSC championships is the most all-time in league history. Not only have the teams succeeded on the field, UWF student-athletes have had a higher cumulative GPA than the general student body for 23 consecutive years. UWF has earned nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 139 GSC All-Academic Team and 63 NSISC Scholar Athlete selections in Scott’s nine years.
UWF has won the GSC women’s all-sports trophy each of Scott’s nine years as athletic director and the Argos also claimed the GSC men’s all-sports trophy four times. The Gulf South Conference began awarding an Overall All-Sports Trophy in 2013-14, and UWF has won this prestigious award every year since its inception.
The Argonauts have seen success at the national level under Scott’s watch, including national championships by the men’s golf team in 2008, the baseball team in 2011, the women's soccer team in 2012, and the men's tennis team in 2014 and in 2017. UWF also produced its first national champions in swimming and diving in 2016, with 2 individual champions. The 2016-17 athletic season saw 5 student-athletes combine to win 8 individual national championships. In each of Scott’s nine seasons, at least one team has advanced to compete at a national tournament. UWF earned its highest ranking in school history in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup in 2016-17, finishing third.
Mr. Scott serves on the Board of Directors for Pensacola Sports. Scott was honored by his peers following the 2013-14 season, earning a NACDA Division II Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year award. In 2017, Pensacola Sports recognized Scott as the Sportsman of the Year. Scott graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from West Virginia University in 1985 and received his master’s degree in health, leisure and sports at the University of West Florida in 1988.