Former tennis star, coach
and Health, Fitness and Sport
Adjunct Professor David L. Beach ’62 died Sept. 12. He was 60.
One of the greats in the
school’s illustrious athletic history,
Beach played No. 1 singles and
doubles four straight years and
served as player-coach his senior
year after another legendary Wittenberg
coach, Ray Mears, moved
He later coached the Wittenberg men’s tennis team for
19 years, compiling a 153-50 dual match record and winning
four Ohio Athletic Conference titles.
Paired with his
brother Roger, Beach was undefeated in doubles his last two
years and won an OAC doubles championship and an
NCAA Mideast Regional doubles championship.
He was inducted into the Wittenberg University Athletic
Hall of Honor in 1985.
A native of Dayton and a 1958 graduate of Belmont
High School, Beach was a state finalist as a senior.
standout career at Wittenberg, he was a two-time Dayton
city singles champion, six-time winner of the Montgomery
County 35-and-over singles title (1976-81), a teaching professional
in the City of Springfield for nearly 30 years and a
teacher in the Springfield City School District for more than
Beach is survived by his wife, Beverly Dever Beach ’64,
a daughter and a son, his brother Roger ’65 and his wife
Connie Tabor Beach ’65, two sisters, including Martha Beach
Sunman ’67, and a nephew, Collin R. Beach ’01.
Herbert J. ’28 and Hildreth Tullis Beach ’31, predeceased