Dave's Bio

David Salter and Family

Dave Salter confesses to being a male chauvinist-in-rehabilitation. For the first third of his life, he was raised in a traditional Italian-Catholic family. When the extended family sat down for Holiday dinner, grandfathers, uncles, fathers, nephews, and grandsons were seated and served by the women in the house before any female took a seat or ate a bite. When Grandpa Frank came home from the paper mill in the evening, he got his newspaper and his reclining chair, and shortly thereafter, his dinner. As a kid, Dave thought he’d hit the jackpot. He thought this was how it was supposed to be, and how it would be when he got married and had children.

How wrong was he? He’s still a work in progress, but his wife and his three daughters have reprogrammed the way that he thinks about his universe. And it’s a good thing, too. After publishing his first book, Blueprint for Success (Francis Merrick Publishing, 1993), Salter pursued a curiosity about this thing called Title IX. He published Crashing the Old Boy’s Network (Praeger Publishers, 1996). Featuring interviews with notables like Robin Roberts, Billie Jean King and Pat Summitt, this was the first book ever written about Tile IX and gender equity. The book took a contemporary look at the effects of Title IX and gender equity in all facets of athletics, from youth leagues to college and professional sports, and Salter’s favorite chapter, women in the sports media.

He was recruited to write a bi-weekly newspaper column about girls and women in sports, which he did for seven years, earning recognition from the Women’s Sports Foundation for his work.

In a series of letters to his teenage daughter, Salter discussed a number of critical thoughts that fathers need to share with their teenage girls, and that became his first audio book, Dear Daughter, I Forgot Some Things, produced by Wizard Academy Press in 2004.

In 2009, Salter released his unique leadership book, “Final Four Leadership,” which features in-person interviews with eight of the elite women’s basketball coaches in the NCAA. A couple years later, after being surrounded by his wife, three daughters and a female dog, for most of his adult life, Salter penned his humorous parenting memoir, “Did I Just Say That?”

His first work of fiction, “I Can’t Remember Christmas,” is becoming a Holiday favorite, and his short story, “Home,” is published in the coffee table anthology, Accidental Magic (Bard Press, 2001).

When he’s not writing or speaking, Dave’s been devoted to coaching girl’s youth sports for more than 20 years. You can find him patrolling a basketball sideline from November until August, barking instructions from Philadelphia to Richmond, and many points in between...once the high school season concludes, he and his daughters coach AAU teams for the Ballyhoo Sports Academy.