David Claerbaut

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David Claerbaut
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David Claerbaut 2012
Born (1946-02-27) February 27, 1946 (age 71)
Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Occupation Professor, author, athletic administrator, psychotherapist, and business broker
Notable work Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered, The NBA Analyst, Recruiting Confidential: A Father, A Son, and Big Time College Football
Spouse(s) Rita
Website http://www.highschoolhoopsdoc.com/

David Claerbaut (born February 27, 1946 in Tomahawk, Wisconsin) is a professor, coach, and athletic administrator, psychotherapist, and author. He earned a PhD from the Loyola University of Chicago.

Early Years[edit]

He began his career as an inner city school teacher in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but soon moved on to North Park University in Chicago. There he held a dual appointment in sociology and psychology also serving as Chair of the Sociology/Anthropology Department. Claerbaut taught at Loyola and DePaul Universities and lectured at the University of Chicago on medical sociology. While at North Park, he published a number of popular and scholarly books. He also served as President of the Oak Therapeutic School Board (a private facility for behaviorally disordered children) and Chair of the Cabrini Legal Aid Clinic (a private law office serving the needs of Chicago’s indigent).

Mid career[edit]

During his time at North Park, Claerbaut served as the school’s athletic director in 1986. The school won the NCAA basketball championship in 1987 under Claerbaut's athletic direction. Later in 2005, Claerbaut moved to South Haven, Michigan, where he served as Assistant Director and head boys basketball coach at a private Christian school. In his two years there, his teams won the only two basketball championships in the school’s league history. In 2008, Claerbaut moved to Las Vegas where he was brought in as head boys basketball coach at Andre Agassi College Preparatory School. It was the school’s first year in the state association (NIAA). His team won the South Regional championship and made it to the state championship game, losing by just three points. Most recently he has begun a website www.highschoolhoopsdoc.com, which offers services for girls and boys basketball coaches. He has developed a statistical system for girls and boys high school basketball that can be used to analyze a team’s strengths and weaknesses on its statistics alone. A devotee of Bill James’ baseball sabermetrics,[1] Claerbaut first developed basketball metrics described in his book, The NBA Analyst, and then moved on to devise a statistical system usable at the high school level.

One of Claerbaut’s sons, a football running back was recruited by over 40 major colleges. Claerbaut’s book, Recruiting Confidential, describes his and his son’s experience. Claerbaut has also written a number of other popular adult sports books, one of which is Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered[2] While at North Park University, Claerbaut opened a private counseling service. He was also a radio psychologist on Chicago’s WIND-AM and WGN-AM. Focusing on sports psychology and performance, he worked with a number of major league baseball players during this time. His book, Liberation from Loneliness chronicles some of this experience.

Academically, Claerbaut developed a particular interest in Christian scholarship, following many of the ideas of Nicholas Wolterstorff[3] and George Marsden.[4] His book, Faith and Learning on the Edge,[5][6] investigates the role of religion in higher education.[7] In addition, he is the founder of faithandlearningforum.com.


Claerbaut left his full-time involvement in academe and built a business consulting firm, Dr. David Claerbaut & Associates. Focusing on sales and management, Claerbaut worked in the Printing Industries of America, the Binding Industries of America and spoke at events sponsored by ReMax Realtors and American Express. He received the Key to the City of Indianapolis in 1987. His column, “The Executive Suite” appears in the Printing News East in New York City. He is the author of The DC Sales System and The DC Management System. In addition, Claerbaut has a business broker’s permit and helps owners buy and sell businesses for First Choice Business Brokers (www.fcbb.com) out of Las Vegas. Claerbaut currently resides with his wife, Rita in Las Vegas.

List of Published Works[edit]

  • "Recruiting Confidential: A Father, A Son, and Big Time College Football"
  • "The NBA Analyst"
  • "Durocher’s Cubs: The Greatest Team that Never Won[8]
  • "Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered"
  • "(St. Louis) Cardinals Essential"
  • "(Chicago) Bears Essential"
  • "Faith And Learning On The Edge: A Bold New Look at Religion in Higher Education"
  • "Urban Ministry"
  • "Urban Ministry In The New Millennium"
  • "The Reluctant Defender"
  • "Black Student Alienation"
  • "Black Jargon In White America"
  • "Social Problems, Vol. I & II"
  • "New Directions In Ethnic Studies System" (Editor)
  • "American Ethnic Revival" (Editor)
  • "Liberation From Loneliness"


  1. ^ "An Introduction to Sabermetrics". Math.bgsu.edu. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  2. ^ Sporting News: Pro Football's Greatest Quarterbacks. Sporting News, 2005. pg 108.
  3. ^ Claerbaut, David. "Faith and Learning on the Edge." Montreat College Faculty Seminar, Montreat, North Carolina, 23 September 2005
  4. ^ http://www.andersonuniversity.edu/uploadedFiles/Library/Faith%20and%20Learning%20Pathfinder.pdf
  5. ^ "Customer Reviews: Faith and Learning on the Edge: A Bold New Look at Religion in Higher Education". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  6. ^ http://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=center_for_biblical_integration_resources
  7. ^ Issler, Klaus. Christian Education Journal. Series 3, Vol 2, No 2. Copyright 2005: 427–429.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Cubs 101 - Pt. 9 - Sweet Swingin' Billy | GoatRiders of the Apocalypse". Goatriders.org. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 

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