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Dave Feinberg bio
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 10, 2006
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Dave Feinberg enters his second year with the Arizona softball program as its volunteer assistant coach.

            Over the years, Feinberg has worked as a head baseball coach at the junior college level, as well as a Division I assistant baseball and softball coach at various points in his career.  Fortunately for Arizona, his wealth of knowledge is now on the Wildcats’ side.

            In his first year with the program, Feinberg coached Arizona’s outfielders to a .985 fielding percentage, an increase from their 2005 mark.  Additionally, four of UA’s five outfielders last year did not commit an error, and the esteemed unit totaled four assists after having just one the year prior.

            At the start of the 2006-07 school year, Feinberg, who has earned four university degrees and has worked as a school administrator, added to his duties the position of liaison for team scholastic endeavors and the C.A.T.S Academic program.

            A veteran at Mike Candrea’s Southwest Softball camps prior to coming to the Old Pueblo, Feinberg was most recently on staff with the Texas Tech softball program in 2003.  With the Red Raiders, he served as the hitting and outfielders coach.  Under his guidance, Texas Tech’s team batting average improved 29 points, and offensive statistics improved in nearly every category, including extra-base hits, home runs and total bases.

            Earlier in his career, Feinberg worked as the Nevada baseball team’s hitting coach.  Once again, he made an immediate impact as his troops led the WAC in batting average and home runs.

Before making the jump to Division I baseball, he was head baseball coach at Arizona Western College, where he led the Matadors to victory in over 74 percent of their games, and his student-athletes maintained cumulative 3.2 grade-point average.  On the field, Feinberg turned the Matadors’ fates around from a last-place finish prior to his arrival to a runner-up performance in league play in his very first year.  In 1981, Feinberg’s aggressive style and ability to pick up on the nuances of the game helped AWC lead the nation in stolen bases.

            Feinberg’s first collegiate coaching stop, however, came in baseball at UNLV.  During his tenure as an assistant coach, the Rebels reached NCAA Regional play three times.

            But Feinberg’s ties to Arizona softball reach back over 10 years before Mike Candrea was introduced as UA’s head coach.  In the mid-1970s, Feinberg, along with Arizona assistant coach Larry Ray, led the Boulder City (Nev.) High School baseball team to a state championship and a runner up finish in two years.  He also led Valley H.S. in Las Vegas, Nev. from last to second in his only year with the program. Over three years at the high school level, Feinberg’s teams dominated its opponents, posting a 52-9 record.

As a fast-pitch softball player, Feinberg’s competed for over 20 years in the men’s elite leagues.  A veteran of eight ISC/ASA World Championships as a player, Feinberg and Ray played alongside one another for five years.

Feinberg has earned four degrees from the University of Nevada, including a bachelor’s degrees in both physical education and science.  Additionally, Feinberg has a master’s in educational administration and leadership, as well as a bachelor’s in English.

A consummate family man, Feinberg made the decision to put his successful baseball coaching career on hold until both his daughters had graduated from high school.  Feinberg and his wife of 32 years, Candace, have two daughters: Ashley and Taelor.  Ashley, 28, graduated from Kansas State and is currently a veterinarian in Reno, Nev.  Taelor, 24, graduated from UNLV last year and now works in the corporate field in Phoenix.