David Fluker is Xavier's new Associate Head Athletic Trainer, although he's certainly no stranger to Xavier Athletics. Fluker, who spent the last seven years (2003-10) working as athletic trainer for the men's basketball program at the University of Cincinnati, served seven years in a similar capacity at Xavier from 1996-2003.
Fluker has taken over the men's basketball trainer duties at Xavier.
Fluker is a familiar face around the Xavier basketball program, especially to head coach Chris Mack and associate head coach Pat Kelsey. Mack was director of basketball operations on Skip Prosser's staff from 1999-2001 while Fluker was at XU, while Fluker was the trainer for the first two years when Kelsey was a player at XU.
"First and foremost, Dave is an excellent trainer," said Mack. "Number two I know first-hand that he is great with the players. I'm ecstatic he is part of our team, especially for our players."
Fluker, 46, came to Xavier the first time in 1996 after three years as the staff athletic trainer for Queen City Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Other training experiences include being staff athletic trainer for Bethesda Montgomery Physical Therapy (1988-91) and graduate assistant athletic trainer at Michigan State University (1986-88). Fluker worked as a volunteer athletic trainer in 2000 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and as a site athletic trainer at numerous events. He was athletic trainer with USA Judo Team at the 2003 Pan Am Games in the Dominican Republic.
Fluker, a 1986 graduate of Wilmington College with a bachelor's degree in sports medicine-athletic training, earned his master's in health education-human performance from Michigan State in 1988. He and his wife, Crystal, have six children: Leonard, Courtney, Davin, Kira, Simone and D.J.