Dave Schultz begins his first year on the Illinois coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Schultz lettered for the Illini in 2006 after transferring from Creighton prior to the season. He will work primarily with the first basemen and will assist with hitting instruction.
Schultz finished with a .300 average and a team-high 53 RBI and seven home runs during his senior season. He also was extremely consistent at first base, making just two errors, leading the Big Ten in putouts and finishing second in double plays. Despite being just a one-year player for the Illini, Schultz proved his worth in 2006, hitting as high as .343 before injuring his elbow against Michigan. He led the team with 14 multiple-RBI games and also had 19 multiple-hit games. He also was the only Illinois player to drive in five runs in a single game, performing the feat three times.
Schultz also had a pair of two-homer games - one to wrap up Spring Trip against Cornell, and the other in the regular-season finale against Michigan State to boost Illinois into the Big Ten Tournament.
Prior to his time at Illinois, Schultz played three seasons at Creighton. He also played four summers for the LaCrosse Loggers of the Northwoods League. Schultz will serve as an assistant coach for the Madison Mallards of the NWL in the summer of 2007, primarily instructing in the areas of hitting and defense.
Schultz is currently finishing his degree in speech communication. He will graduate in May 2007.