Salutatorian – Class of 2016
David Okeeffe moved to New York in 2009 from a small town in the south of Ireland. He comes from a family of four children.
In 2005, David received a national certificate in exercise and fitness. His passion, along with teaching, is soccer. David is an active youth soccer coach throughout Long Island. In 2014, he received an advanced national coaching license from the National Soccer Coaching Association of America. He has coached five year olds to love the game to teams that have competed in national championships. In 2012, David enrolled in the physical education program at Nassau Community College. In four short semesters he earned an Associate’s Degree in Physical Education. During his time at Nassau, David was an active member of the men’s soccer team. Upon his completion at Nassau, David was awarded the Joseph Dondero Physical Education Scholarship Award, the Academic Area for Health And Physical Education, the Certificate of Recognition for Academic Excellence, and the Nassau Community College Presidential Award Honoree.
After spending time in over eight different countries, David can now call Long Island his home. Today, David is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. He plans to return to Ireland in the summer for his younger brother’s wedding, where he will act as best man. Upon arrival back in New York he hopes to begin his teaching career.
David would like to give a special mention to all of the staff in the Physical Education Department and his fellow classmates for making this Irishman feel at home. Thank you!