Dave Deibel | 2016 Penguin Of The Year

Dave Deibel | 2016 Penguin Of The Year

David C. Deibel has played an important behind-the-scenes role in enhancing Youngstown State University, Penguins Athletics and the Mahoning Valley.

For his continued dedication, Deibel, President of Boardman Steel, is being recognized as this year’s Penguin of the Year by the YSU Penguin Club.

A 2000 inductee into the YSU Athletics Hall of Fame as a contributor, Deibel's enthusiasm to assist Youngstown State University has helped to keep the Penguins athletic program one of the most prominent in the country.

His family’s passion for YSU started many years ago.

The Deibel family has been long-time supporters of YSU in many aspects. David’s father, Jerry Deibel, sponsored the athletic offices in Stambaugh Stadium, and, as many of you know, the Football Coaching Suite is named after him. Deibel also sponsors the Jerry P. Deibel Golf Scholarship endowment along with contributions from friends. 

At Stambaugh Stadium, he assisted with the construction of the camera decks, scoreboards and the sound system. He was a key figure in the DeBartolo Stadium Club located high above the city of Youngstown.

He joined the Penguin Club many years ago and in fact was Vice President of the organization when YSU hired Jim Tressel as the head football coach. Recently, Deibel had the honor of hiring Tressel again, this time as University President, while serving on the YSU Board of Trustees. 

In 1987 and 1988 he served as the president of the Penguin Club and has been an active member in the organization since the early 1980's. 

He has also been a dedicated member of the football team travel party working on the sidelines and behind the scenes to take care of many duties to assist the program away from home.

Deibel was born in Warren in 1950 and attended Ursuline High School. He earned his Engineering degree at Youngstown State University. His father, Jerry, founded Boardman Steel in 1963, and Deibel became the owner and president of the business in 1999.

Deibel and BSI are committed to the growth of the community. They support many local organizations including Youngstown State University, YMCA, YSU Athletics, Boy Scouts and many more. The family and the business have contributed labor as well as monetary support for area businesses, including Powers Auditorium, Stambaugh Auditorium and the Chapel of Camp Fitch. They’ve also contributed to Beeghly Center, Stambaugh Stadium and the Power Plant Operations Building on the YSU campus. 

He is the past President of the Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scouts of America and still serves on the Board. He is the President of the Ice Castle Scholarship Fund and the Duquesne Hunting and Fishing Club, He’s also a member of the Youngstown State University Penguin Club, the Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council, Ducks Unlimited, The Western Reserve Village Foundation Board, the Mahoning County Duck Club and various other organizations. Deibel’s term with the YSU Board of Trustees continues through 2020.

His hobbies include conservation, hunting, fishing, racing and dogs. 

David resides with his wife, Holly, in North Lima.