David Gingras
David Gingras
Class of: 1969
Sport(s): Men's Cross Country
Inducted: 2010

Gingras was a three-year captain and most valuable player of the Philadelphia University cross country team from 1966-68. He rejoined the team in 1969, serving as an assistant coach for three years through the 1971 season. Earlier in Gingras’ collegiate running career, he transferred from West Chester University where he ran on an undefeated IC4A 440 meter championship team (now the 400m event).

Gingras set a few ‘firsts’ at PhilaU, becoming the first student-athlete to win a cross country invitational, (winning six between 1966-68) and also was captain of the first PhilaU team to win a team race. While at School House Lane & Henry Ave, Gingras ran track for the Philadelphia Athletic Club (AC) coached by Jack St. Clair (PhilaU did not and continues not to offer track as a collegiate sport) and as a senior his team won the AAU Sprint Medley Championship at the 1969 Penn Relays.

As a student athlete Gingras also served as the president of Student Council (now SGA) and was also president of the Philadelphia University Alumni Association. Gingras is currently active as a Certified Master USA Track & Field (USATF) Official. USATF also covers NCAA meets where he regularly officiates races in the Big East, Atlantic Ten, Patriot League, HEPS (Ivy League),IC4A, ECAC and NCAA Regionals. He most recently officiated at the last several Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Cross Country Championships, which the Rams and Lady Rams swept in 2009. Gingras is also a High School Certified Official in NJ (NJSIAA), PA (PIAA) and NY (PSAL). He also serves as a Chief Official at the Penn Relays since 1999 and an Official at the Texas Relays in Austin, TX.

He is a colonel in the New York Guard, serving as senior (G-2) Intelligence officer for the World Trade Center incident for two years. He has been awarded a Defense of Liberty and Medal for Meritorious Service by Governor George Pataki and was formerly a trustee of Philadelphia University.