About Dave





David Blagys
Executive Director
Dave joined the Wakeman staff as Assistant Director in 1981 and became Executive Director in 1984. During his tenure, the Wakeman membership rolls have swelled from 650 boys at Southport to 3,800 boys and girls at the three current sites. He has guided the organization through three capital campaign initiatives, two at the Southport campus totaling $4.2 million, and a $7 million initiative for the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse, the first LEED Platinum Boys & Girls Club in the U.S.  
 
During the mid-eighties, Dave served as the head boys’ basketball coach at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, leading the cougars to their first Class M State championship in the 1984-85 campaign. He later served two seasons as an assistant basketball coach for the Lady Knights at the University of Bridgeport.  
 
Dave is a founding board member of Burroughs Community Center and its first board president. He sits on the board of RYASAP (Regional Youth Adult Social Action Program) and 2011 recipient of the organization’s prestigious Goodspeed-Pfriem Award for contributions to the local community. He was inducted into Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s inaugural Hall of Fame class of 2013. Dave holds a B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and an MPA from the University of Hartford. 

Dave has two sons, Matthew, a clinical psychologist who resides in Albany, CA with his wife, Kelley and their two children Brennan and Bailey Lynn; and Michael, a regional theatrical lighting designer.
 
Dave is a lifelong resident of the Black Rock Section of Bridgeport where he resides with his wife, Kathleen, their English Springer Spaniel, Cassie, and Houdini, a little punk cat who thinks he owns the joint.

Dave can be reached at dave@wakemanclub.org or 203-259-4805.
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