Dave Gettleman (born February 21, 1951) is an American football executive who is the general manager of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). Gettleman grew up in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Boston Latin School where he played Varsity Football. He then attended the Springfield College where he earned a degree in education and played offensive tackle on the freshman football team. Gettleman has two master's degrees: one in physical education from Southern Connecticut State in 1978 and another in sports administration from St. Thomas University in 1986. He began his football career as a teacher-coach at Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. As the head coach from 1973–78 and 1980–81, Gettleman led his teams to two league titles, competing against schools twice the size as Spackenkill. He spent a season as a volunteer assistant at Cal State Long Beach in 1979. Gettleman joined the faculty of Kingston High School in 1982 and became the head coach in 1984, leading his team to a Section I Bowl berth. He entered the NFL in 1986 as an intern for the Buffalo Bills. He spent the next seven years working in their scouting department before leaving to accept a scouting job with the Denver Broncos after the 1993 season. In 1998 he was hired by the New York Giants, who promoted him to Pro Personnel Director the next year. In 2012 he was given the title of Senior Pro Personnel Analyst, and in January 2013 he was chosen to become the General Manager of the Carolina Panthers.