October Scholar-Athlete: Breeann David|
Oct. 1, 2013
By Kayla Curry
Breeann David enters her junior year at Texas Tech with confidence in dealing with the challenging life of a student-athlete.
David, who hails from nearby Denver City, roughly an hour west of Lubbock, was one of the top players in the state of Texas coming out of high school and has continued to standout underneath the Big 12 spotlight.
Like several students, David is unsure about her plans after college. She has considered continuing her volleyball career or possibly coaching someday. As an exercise sports science major, she will be staying close to what she loves.
"It'll be nice to stay in the sports field," David said, "and maybe coach or continue playing volleyball. I'm just seeing where it takes me right now."
During David's time at Tech, she said attaining a degree has been her top priority.
"School has to come first," David said, "because volleyball doesn't last forever."
David is very thankful for the wide array of resources Tech has made available, all of which have helped to contribute to her success in the classroom. She said the Marsha Sharp Center and the tutoring have been helpful.
But her academic advisor has been her support when she needed it most.
"It's really stressful sometimes, not being in class, and it's not your advisor's job but sometimes they're there to make sure you're not stressing out," David said. "It's not always only for the academic side."
Head volleyball coach, Don Flora, said he has been impressed with David's ability to handle all the aspects of being a student-athlete.
"Bree does a really good job of balancing family, life, school, and being a top-level Big 12 volleyball student-athlete," Flora said.
David, the Big 12 leader in kills and points per set entering this week, finally feels like she has mastered the art of balancing everything going into her junior year, but she can remember how hard it was her freshman year to adjust.
Now, she helps the incoming freshmen learn that balance.
"We all do a really good job of being there for each other and helping each other out, especially the freshmen," David said. "They come in and they don't know what to expect. We really try to make sure we're helping them and making sure they're on top of things."
Flora believes David has been a role model for the team on and off the court.
"Bree is such a presence for us when it comes to how we carry ourselves on the court, how we carry ourselves off the court, how we're champions in the classroom, how we're champions in the weight room and in the community," Flora said. "She's just a multifaceted young lady. It's been fun getting to watch her."
David had some role models of her own when she became a Tech student-athlete.
Her father, Stan David, was a standout football student-athlete for the Red Raiders in the early 1980s before being drafted in the seventh round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
David's mother, the former Megan McGuire who was her volleyball coach at Denver City, is among the Tech all-time leaders in blocks and holds the single-season marks for both block assists and total blocks.
But that's not all - her legacy at Tech stretches beyond just her immediate family.
"My uncle played football here and my aunt played volleyball here," David said, referring to former Red Raider quarterback Monte McGuire and his wife, the former Susan Kelly. "So there are a lot of student-athletes in the family."
David said that her parents are very proud of her athletic accomplishments, but she believes they are even more impressed with her academic success.
"They were really proud when I got Academic All-Big 12 because that's not easy to do when you're traveling and playing," David said. "They want to make sure I'm staying on top of practice and everything in that area, but more than anything, they're making sure I stay on top of my school work and really making sure that I do the best that I can there."
David's parents have been instrumental in helping her keep her focus on what she believes is truly important.
"Volleyball is part of the reason why I'm here," David said. "But school is above anything else."