This isn't the first season Gator fans will see Assistant Coach Dave Majeski on the sidelines for the Gators, but it is his first full season as a Florida assistant. He served as a volunteer assistant for the first half of last season and as an interim assistant coach at the end of the season. He works primarily with Florida's hitting and fielders.
Majeski's first interaction with the Florida softball team was at the 2002 Celebrity Swing. Majeski, a fan-favorite Gator baseball alumnus, took the first pitch he saw over the scoreboard at the Florida Softball Stadium. Karen Johns knew right then he could help her team. She asked him if he would like to volunteer to help, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Majeski is no stranger to Florida athletics. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Gator baseball team from 1989-92 in the outfield. He was a member of the 1991 team that won the Southeastern Conference Tournament and took third in the College World Series. He was drafted in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians after his junior year, but chose to stay at UF for his senior season. In his senior season, Majeski made both the All-SEC and SEC All-Tournament teams. He was again drafted after completing his eligibility by the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished his career with a .322 batting average and still ranks in the top 10 of 12 different career offensive categories.
Majeski graduated from the University of Florida in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating from UF, Majeski was the head baseball coach and taught science classes at Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla. There he led the baseball team to its best record in 12 years. In 1998, he accepted a job as the head baseball coach and science and physical education teacher at Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Fla. Majeski led the baseball team to four consecutive district championships and was named the Gainesville Sun's Coach of the Year in 1998. He also served as the director and head coach of the North Central Florida Fall Showcase and All-Star teams from 1998-2002. Currently, 26 of his former players are playing college baseball.
Majeski is married to the former Deanna Cantliffe. They have 4-year old identical twin girls, Meghan and Hope.
The Majeski File
Birthdate: January 17, 1970
Hometown: Plantsville, Conn.
Education: Bachelor's of Science in Exercise and Sports Science, University of Florida, 1994
Family: Wife, Deanna; daughters, Meghan and Hope (4)
1989-92 - University of Florida Baseball
- Four-year letterwinner
- 1992, All-SEC
- In top-10 in 12 offensive categories
- Drafted by Cleveland and Milwaukee
1992 - Milwaukee Brewers Minor League affiliate
1995-98 - Head Baseball Coach, Eastside High School, Gainesville, Fla.
- Led team to best record in 12 years
- Taught science classes
1998-2001 - Head Baseball Coach, Santa Fe High School, Alachua, Fla.
- 1998-2001 District Champions
- 1998 Gainesville Sun Coach of the Year
- Taught classes in science, life management and physical education
- 1998-2002 nominated for Who's Who Among American Teachers
2002 - Volunteer Assistant/Interim Assistant Softball Coach, University of Florida
Majeski's Coaching Philosophy
"My coaching philosophy is threefold:
First and foremost, I believe in helping my players become better people. Parents across the state and country will send their daughters to me for four years. They want us to take care of their children. It is my main job to make sure they continue to grow as individuals in order to have good careers and lives in the future.
Secondly, I am a teacher. I spend an incredible amount of time teaching and explaining the game. Each player comes from different high school and summer coaches. Each excels through different styles and techniques. It is my goal to have each player learn everything through various methods so that they truly understand. With understanding comes confidence. Confidence breeds success.
Third, it is my job to encourage players always to improve. The demands placed on our student-athletes at times can be extremely draining. Classes, training, relationships and homesickness all place stresses on their daily lives. By making things fun while still expecting perfection, I will provoke their own motivation to become the best athletes they can be."