Director • Scouting and Recruiting
David Gale serves as the Vanderbilt men’s basketball program’s director of scouting and recruiting. The 2022-23 season is his first on staff with the Commodores.
Gale has familiarity with Jerry Stackhouse, working on Stackhouse’s Raptors 905 staff that won the NBA G League championship in 2017.
Gale makes his way to Nashville after spending the 2021-22 season at SEC opponent Georgia, serving as the associate to the head coach/director of strategy.
Prior to his time at Georgia, Gale spent the previous three seasons coaching in Europe. He was the head coach of BC Nevezis Opibet in Lithuania’s Lietuvos krepšinio lyga (LKL) for the 2020-21 campaign.
He was previously an assistant coach for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), helping the franchise improve from 10th during the 2018-19 season to second place in the league standings in 2019-20, with an appearance in the tournament finals. From 2018-20, Gale also was the head coach for Porsche BBA, which he led to the German U-19 National Championship in 2020 and was named NBBL Coach of the Year and Coach of the Year by Eurobasket.com.
Before his time in Europe, Gale spent more than a decade working within three NBA franchises – Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers – from 2007-18.
He began his career as an assistant video coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2007-11. He then worked with the Toronto Raptors organization from 2011-17. He first served as a video coordinator and player development bench coach for four seasons before becoming an assistant coach and the offensive coordinator for Raptors 905, the franchise’s D League team, from 2015-17.
The Toronto Raptors advanced to the NBA Playoffs in 2014 and 2015. During his second season with Raptors 905 while working with Stackhouse, the team captured the 2017 D League Championship.
Gale spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach and the defensive coordinator for the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers G League squad.
Throughout his professional career, Gale also has worked for the Tim Grgurich Basketball Camp from 2014-19, Adidas Nations from 2014-16 and Basketball Without Borders Europe in 2019.
A native of Sherman Oaks, California, Gale wrapped up his prep career playing for Brewster Academy in New Hampshire during the 2002-03 season. Gale then played collegiately at Loyola University Chicago, where he was a four-year letterwinner from 2003-07 under both Larry Farmer and Jim Whitsell. In addition, he was selected for the U.S. team that participated in the 2006 Maccabi International Games in Australia.
During his collegiate career, Gale served as a video coordinator during the NBA Summer League from 2004-07.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on sports management from Loyola Chicago in 2007.