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Dave Culliver | YSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Dave Culliver

  • Men's Basketball (1962-66)
  • Inducted 1989

When you look at all five Hall of Fame classes, all have a distinctiveness about them, and all inductees seem to have crossed paths at some point in time during their stay on the Penguin campus with former head baseball and basketball coach, and former assistant football coach Dom Rosselli. Dave Culliver is no exception, in fact it was because of Rosselli that Culliver came to the Penguin campus in the first place, and four eyars later, thanks to Rosselli, became one of a select group of cagers to ever score over 1,000 career points. A native of Trafford, Pennsylvania, Culliver left his mark with the Penguins as a four eyar letter winner, a former team captain which says it all about his leadership capabilities, and was considered a Little All America candidate his junior and senior campaigns. He helped the Penguins to an 81-25-0  four year record, the best mark ever posted by any Penguin team during any four eyar stretch in the 59 year history of the cage sport at Youngstown State.  Rosselli seemed to take notice of the Trafford, Pennsylvania native when he was a sophomore. Culliver making the best of his opportunity hooped 441 markers, helped lead the team to a 24-3 overall record, and their second straight NCAA Regional Play-off appearance by the time their second straight NCAA Regional Play off appearance. By the time he was a junior, Culliver was one of the most dependable cagers that Rosselli could look to in a time of need. He scored 470 points in 1964-65 (tops on the team), an average of 18.0 markers per contest, helping the Penguins to a 20-6 record. As a senior captain, Culliver scored 508 points and averaged 19.5 points per outing, tops on the squad in both categories as the Penguins went 19-7 on the year. In all, he scored 1,430 points for his career, and that still ranks him 10th on the all time Penguin scoring list.