David Saltman enters his second season as the graduate manager for the Illinois State men's basketball team.
Prior to joining the Redbird staff, Saltman worked the 2003-04 season at the University of Houston as the video coordinator.
Before joining the Cougars' staff, he served as an assistant coach at Elon University in Elon, N.C. during the 2002-03 season. While at Elon, Saltman handled film exchange, coordinated official visits of new recruits, and assisted with recruiting new players, individual workouts and on-floor coaching.
At Elon, he helped guide the Phoenix to a second-place finish in the Big South Conference, winning seven of its last 10 regular season games and taking Big South champion, UNC-Asheville, to overtime in the conference tournament. Elon also placed two players on the Big South All-Freshman Team.
Before joining the coaching staff at Elon, Saltman was the head coach for six years at Auburndale High School in Florida. He guided two of his teams to 20 wins and a No. 3 ranking in 1998-99. Saltman also produced two first team all-state selections in Tyrhon Crawford and Theron Smith of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
Saltman began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Haines City High School in Florida in 1995-96, where he helped guide the team to a 27-5 record-the best in school history, and the semifinals of the Class 4A state championship.
Saltman graduated from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C., where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1990. He was a three-year letterman and led St. Andrews in scoring, three-point field goal percentage and free-throw percentage as a senior. He averaged 18.5 points per game, and shot 53.4 percent beyond the three-point line and 90.3 percent at the free throw line.
He began his collegiate career at Polk Community College where he was a walk-on in the first semester and earned a scholarship in the second semester. He earned an associate of arts degree in 1987.
Born May 23, 1966, in Miami, Fla., Saltman is married to the former Denise Wertz.