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Dave grew up in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey and started playing lacrosse in 7th grade. At Mountain Lakes High School, he earned 1st team all-state honors (goalie) as a senior and was a team captain for the Lakers first state championship team in 1988 under legendary coach Tim Flynn.
Upon graduation from high school, Dave attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a four year letterman for the Battling Bishops. He was a two-time all conference and all-Midwest selection, and in his senior year, Dave was a captain of the OWU squad that advanced to the 1993 national championship game. As a senior, Dave also earned 1st team All-America honors, was named National Goalie of the Year, and was named conference player of the year. Dave also received Ohio Wesleyan's Student Humanitarian Award in 1993 for his leadership and work with OWU'S Big Pal/Little Pal program that provided mentorship and leadership training to local at-risk middle school students.
After graduating from OWU, Dave played for several years for the Richmond (VA) Club team and began his high school coaching career at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 11 seasons as the school's varsity boys coach, Breslin's teams won 11 conference championships and 5 Virginia State Championships. Dave was named state coach of the year 4 times and earned conference coach of the year 9 times.
In 2005, Dave was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Dave spent 3 seasons as head coach at Wesleyan School (GA) before leaving high school coaching in 2012 to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Dave also holds a master's degree from Harvard (2007) and currently serves as middle school principal at North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw.
Dave comes from a lacrosse rich family. His younger brothers, twins Matt and Jamie, were All-Americans at Duke and Hobart (classes of 2001). Currently, Matt serves as CEO of Breakout Lacrosse, a youth lacrosse training club for boys and girls that uses the game as a way of teaching life skills to boys and girls in Washington D.C. Jamie is the assistant athletic director at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.