A graduate of the University of Dayton, David Donatucci began his career in Sports Performance in 1991 at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) in Cleveland, Ohio. While working at CCF, David had the opportunity to train athletes at all levels from a variety of sports. He gained valuable experience working with numerous high schools, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns and the WNBA. Additionally, he trained several elite figure skaters, including the 2000 U.S National Champion and 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Timothy Goebel. During his time at CCF, David earned his master’s degree from Cleveland State University in Exercise Science and became Director of the Center for Athletic Performance.
In the summer of 1999, David began working at the International Performance Institute (IPI) on the campus of IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida and became the director in 2001. At IMG, he was responsible for designing and implementing training programs for the full-time academy students participating in tennis, soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball and golf. David also trained numerous professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, LPGA and PGA.
After nine years at IPI, David accepted a position with the PGA of America as the Director of Fitness and Performance. The opportunity to work at the PGA of America allowed David to focus on his passion for golf fitness. In this new role, David designed and operated the first fitness facility at the PGA’s Center for Golf Learning and Performance, authored the PGA Professional Golf Management Program Level I-III Fitness Curriculum, and participated in many of the events hosted by the PGA of America offering presentations, clinics and fitness programs. He also designed and coordinated the PGA of America Sports Academy program.
In 2012 David left the PGA of America to open his own performance center and is now the owner/director of The Florida Institute of Performance in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where he continues to provide comprehensive sports performance training programs using the most advanced training methods for professional, collegiate, high school and senior athletes.
David is a nationally recognized speaker in the field of strength and conditioning. He has presented at numerous clinics and conferences. He has also made several appearances on various Golf Channel shows, such as, The Morning Drive, Golf Central and Golf Academy. In addition to TV, he has been featured in Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf Weekly, PGA Magazine and on ESPN Radio and Sirius Golf Radio.
David is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a member of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Advisory Board, a “Subject-Matter” expert in fitness and golf for the PGA of America, and an official content provider for The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits.
He lives in Palm City, Florida with his wife and three children.