David Rader (born March 9, 1957) is a former American football coach and player. He served as the head football coach at the University of Tulsa from 1988 to 1999, compiling a record of 49–80–1.
Rader graduated from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then attended the University of Tulsa, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1978 after serving as the starting quarterback for the Golden Hurricane in 1977 and 1978.
Rader was an 11th round pick (295th overall) in the 1979 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and was later picked up by the New York Giants.
Rader coached at the University of Alabama as the Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2004-2006 under head coach Mike Shula. On February 1, 2010, Rader was hired as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Ole Miss Rebels football team after the departure of Kent Austin. Ole Miss did not retain Rader for the 2011 season.
Rader is married to his wife, Janet, and with her has three children: sons Daniel and Jordan and daughter Kendal. In 1989 Rader was inducted into the Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame. Rader graduated with the class of 1975. In the fall of 2011, Rader published his first book, "Missing Page from the Playbook: Fundamentals Behind the Physical, Mental and Emotional Elements of Commitment".
Head coaching record
|Tulsa Golden Hurricane (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1987–1995)|
|Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Western Athletic Conference) (1996–1999)|
|Tulsa:||49–80–1||6–18||* Fired after seven games in 1999|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll. |
°Rankings from final AP Poll.