David A. Langford

Director of Athletics, Metropolitan Campus; Adjunct Professor

Sports Administration

Program Affiliations

Now in his 12th season at the helm of the Knights’ athletics programs, David A. Langford has seen his teams’ level of success grow both on the field of competition and in the classroom. Along with two women’s bowling National Championships in 2006 and 2010, he has overseen conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances for the men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s bowling, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s soccer and women's golf teams. Fairleigh Dickinson’s student-athletes have made a strong commitment in their studies, helping to raise the department GPA above 3.2 for 9-straight semesters, and the graduation rate continues to rise as they become active leaders on campus and in the community.

Since his arrival on the Metropolitan Campus, Langford has also made the improvement of facilities a top priority. Among the list of projects was the completion of a brand new softball field in April of 2004, installation of FieldTurf on the soccer field, refinishing the tennis court surface and installation of a new floor in the Rothman Center. In addition the baseball  was re-dedicated in April 2011 as the Vince Naimoli Family Baseball Complex which included a brand new state-of-the-art turf field along new dugouts and bleachers. A  restoration of the FDU Tennis Courts was completed in July 2011.

During his tenure at FDU, Langford has served on three NCAA governing boards: the NCAA Division I Cross Country and Track & Field Championships Committee; the Division I Awards, Benefits, Expenses, and Financial Aid Cabinet and the Division I Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet.

In addition to his work at FDU, Langford has been active in Teaneck, serving a Chair of the Teaneck Economic Development Corporation,  Co-Chair of the North Teaneck Road  Community and Business Alliance and, for a short time, a member of the Teaneck Town Council. Currently David serves as Fairleigh Dickinson University’s representative on the Teaneck Advisory Board on Community Relations and the Teaneck/FDU Alliance.  
Langford took over at FDU after spending the previous 14 years as a member of the athletic administrative staff at former Northeast Conference (NEC) school, University of Maryland Baltimore County. He served as Associate Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director and head women’s cross country and track coach  from 1996 until his departure  in 2003.

Prior to his tenure at UMBC, Langford served for two years (1986-1988) as a Learning Assistance Counselor at Loyola University of Chicago, held the posts of Assistant Athletic Director for Staff Services (1985-86) and Academic Services (1981-85) for six years at Northwestern University.

The 1974 Millersville State College (PA) graduate spent his time as sprinter on the  track and field team. After graduation honed his coaching skills as the boys’ head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Loyola (IL) Academy from 1986-88 and as the head women’s track and field coach  at Franklin and Marshall College.  

Langford earned his bachelor’s degree in Comprehensive Social Studies from Millersville and two years later completed his masters of education in Counselor Education, also at Millersville. He is married to Karen Langford. The couple has one son, Christopher, age 35, and one daughter, Michelle, age 26 and two grandsons – Kayden age 6 and Matthew age 1.

Short Abstract


  • Millersville State College, BS Comprehensive Social Studies
  • Millersville State College, M.Ed. Counselor Education

Courses Taught

  • Developing Leadership While Coaching
  • Ethical Issues in Sports
  • Financial Administration In Sports
  • Legal Aspects in Sports Administration
  • Organizational Leadership and Team Development
  • Principles of Learning in Sports
  • Sports in a Social Context
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Team Development
  • Facility Development, Administrative Programming


  • Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Intercollegiate Athletics