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NubAbility Athletics Coach

Dave Newkirk

“The reason I coach is to spend time with the kids who really want to put in the effort to get better and to compete. Watching NubAbility’s adaptive athletes advance and grow from their time at camp means the world to me.”

About Dave

Limb Difference: Congenital

Type: Missing Left Arm

Sport: Volleyball, Strength Training

Born without his left forearm and hand, Dave has been adapting his activities of daily living his entire life. Dave first started playing volleyball his Junior year at Cumberland Valley High School. He continued on to play volleyball at the open collegiate level at Texas Tech. It wasn’t long after that he began to play with a group of Paralympic level players.

Dave went on to compete in several world championships including three Paralympic Games in ’92, ’96 and ’00 for the Men’s US Standing Volleyball Team. After the Sydney 2000 Games, the governing ward of World ParaVolley decided to no longer pursue the standing game and focus solely on sitting volleyball.

Dave now competes in one to two international tournaments a year representing the US. This year, Dave will represent USA in the 2019 Beach ParaVolley World Championship in China. Beach volleyball is slated to be a part of the Paralympic Games again in LA 2028. Dave hopes to remain competitive until then so he has a chance to represent his country once again.  

Paralympic Experience:

● Three-time Paralympian (1992, 1996, 2000)

● Years of International Volleyball Participation: 1990 – Current

● 2015 – 2nd Place; Pan-Asian Beach Para-Volleyball Championships (Thailand)


● 2019 marks 25 years of marriage to his wife Amanda

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