The Enderle Family: David and his wife Laura, with children Calvin (with picture of Jesus holding Thomas), Alyssa, and Phillip.
Hard Work On and Off the Hardwood
MAC basketball brought Southeast Missouri native David Enderle to campus in 2000. “My first year, I was a walk-on to the basketball team. However, I was granted a partial athletic scholarship my second year. I’m not quite sure if it was for my basketball abilities or if there just was a little extra money and I would keep the team GPA up! I definitely wasn’t the most talented basketball player, but I feel like having a good attitude and hard work ethic paid off by getting a scholarship my second year.” The 2001 Cardinals, coached by Tim Gray, were Conference Champions. David recalled his days with teammates Brian Rhodes, Leandro Maruoka, and Ryan Weatherspoon, who was also his Scott City high school classmate.
David excelled in the classroom, which really paid dividends for the team’s GPA. In addition to his Dean’s List honors, David was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Academic All-American team, an academic honor awarded to student athletes.
When asked if someone at MAC had had an impact on him, David said, “Roy Henson. He may not know it, but he is such an inspiration. I know he works at MAC, but I knew him mostly through his role as the man controlling our sound system for home games. His ways of coping with the challenges of cerebral palsy are unbelievable. You could always count on Roy’s great mood. And I was always amazed at his determination to accomplish all the things he has. He's great to follow on Facebook for a good laugh even after all these years.”
Photo of the 2001 MCCAC Championship sign hanging in the Bob Sechrest Field House.
Following his 2002 MAC graduation, he transferred to Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. “I spent 14 years as an athletic trainer for Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. My primary duty there was providing athletic training duties for Notre Dame Regional High School in Jackson,” he explained. “Now, I am a Trauma Sales Consultant with DePuy Synthes, the orthopedic company of Johnson & Johnson. Basically, I sell orthopedic hardware (plates, nails, screws, etc.) that gets implanted following an injury (trauma) to a patient’s extremity. These products are used for joint replacements, sports injuries, and spinal surgeries. Following the sale, my responsibilities are tailored to the customer and the specific equipment. Some of my main responsibilities include providing assistance to operating room surgeons concerning product information, and demonstrations regarding the accurate use of DePuy Synthes products. I support customers by attending surgeries, assuring the proper equipment is available and performing as intended, and providing consultation to ensure the proper use of our products.”
David returned to Southeast Missouri with his wife to raise their family. Spending time with his family is a priority. He said, “I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Laura for 13 years. We have four children together Alyssa (12), Phillip (9), Calvin (6), and Thomas, who was born but passed away on July 5, 2022. I’m happy to say we are expecting our fifth child in September. Pretty much all my activities now revolve around my kids. My daughter is in gymnastics and volleyball. Phillip plays baseball and soccer, and Calvin plays baseball.