David Grande, who joined the staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2005-06 season, has made his living as a successful businessman, but the game of basketball has never been far from his life.
A 1975 graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, he played basketball there after a year as a student and basketball player at Drexel. He later earned an MBA in marketing from Widener.
He is President of Vitusa Products, Inc. of Berkeley Heights, NJ, and before that was Executive Vice President of Vitusa Corporation of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, from 1981 to 1996. Going back farther he held various corporate managerial positions.
At the same time, Grande coached school and high school basketball from 1986 to 2005, including from 1997 to 2005 at Oratory Prep in Summit, NJ.
He is also a co-founder and board member of Cherished Creations, a non-profit, New Jersey-based charity that helps create better lives for seriously ill children and the underprivileged.
Founded in 1997, it fulfills its mission primarily through a national wish/request program. NJIT head coach Jim Casciano, a college teammate of Grande's at Drexel in the 1970's, has been a supporter of Cherished Creations since its inception and the 2004-05 Highlanders team adopted the wish of a 12-year old girl who was stricken with leukemia.
David and his wife, Angela, reside in Millington, NJ. They are the parents of three children: Daniela, Bianca and Anthony.