Schlabaugh was hired on June 1, 2016, as the lead assistant on Cornell’s men’s basketball staff.
Schlabaugh carries 32 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels in the Hawkeye State. He joins an up-and-coming Cornell program that did not field a senior on last season’s 8-15 squad.
“Dave emerged from a long list of qualified candidates because of his vast recruiting connections, not only in the state of Iowa but in other areas of the country where we tend to look for quality student-athletes,” said head coach Chad Murray.
Schlabaugh (pronounced SLAW-baugh) works for USA Basketball as a lead coach for youth skills camps and has been a lead instructor for Snow Valley Basketball School since 1999. The Kalona native spent the 2015-16 season as assistant boys coach at Clear Creek Amana High School.
“Throughout his career, Dave has worked with some of the finest coaches in the business,” Murray said. “His experience and enthusiasm for teaching the game will be a huge benefit to our current players and myself as we look to turn the corner and compete for a Midwest Conference championship.”
Schlabaugh, a 1992 graduate of Morningside College, had a successful seven-year stint as head boys coach at Williamsburg High School from 2008-15. He compiled an overall record of 106-60, which included a 24-3 mark during his final campaign when the Raiders placed fourth in the Class 3A State Tournament.
Schlabaugh guided Williamsburg to WaMaC Conference championships in 2014-15 and 2010-11, while earning league Coach of the Year honors both seasons. He was named 2015 Class 3A District Coach of the Year by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA).
Schlabaugh’s coaching career began as boys assistant at Mid-Prairie High School (1984-88) under legendary Hall of Fame Coach Don Showalter. He then made stops as an assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College (1988-90), Morningside College (1990-96) and Mid-Prairie (2003-08) before taking the head job at Williamsburg.
At Morningside, he was part of the 1995 team that advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division II Tournament. While at Mid-Prairie, he was voted IBCA Class 2A Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007. His 2006-07 Mid-Prairie squad finished runner-up in the state tournament.
Schlabaugh, a Mid-Prairie High School graduate, earned his associate’s degree in education from Iowa Lakes Community College and received his bachelor’s in physical education from Morningside.
Schlabaugh resides in Williamsburg with his wife Julie. They have four children: Lindsay, 21, Zach, 19, Carly, 18, and Gabe, 14.