When Dave Cahill ’95 thinks of Marist High School he thinks of family. “The friendships I made during school and basketball have lasted a lifetime,” Cahill said. “The Marist family has impacted my life in so many positive ways between sports and academics.”
Cahill could feel that strong sense of family his junior year when the team won conference. It was the first time in a long time that the program realized that level of success and, at least for Cahill, that was due in large part to his teammates and coaches. “It was a special group of guys,” Cahill said. “We still talk on a regular basis and it’s never about the wins, it’s about the time we spent together.”
Their bond was made stronger thanks to the tough love offered by Coach Ken Styler ’75 and Coach Brian Tucker. The coaches expected a lot from their players – encouraging them to do more and never settle for anything less than the best.
“The coaches were tough on us,” Cahill said. “But, I think they taught us the value of hard work and the meaning of the old adage that when life knocks you down, you have to get back up.”
Cahill, perhaps more than anyone else on the team, took those lessons to heart – earning all-area and all-conference honors two years in a row. Although an injury kept him off the court his senior year, he bounced back with force playing all four years at the University of St. Francis. In college, Cahill earned accolades from coaches and teammates alike, including all-conference honors and most valuable player two years in a row.
Cahill, a key account manager for Lakeshore Beverage, lives with his wife Erica and their three children in Beverly. Cahill is president of the St. John Fisher Holy Name Society and a basketball and baseball coach for neighborhood teams. Cahill’s volunteer nature is a direct reflection of the people that impacted his childhood: “When I was growing up, there were so many volunteers who coached me, gave of their time, because they loved giving back,” Cahill said. “My coaches have always meant a lot to me and helped me develop into the person I am today.”