David Battle Jr. enters his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team in 2022, where he serves as the team's special teams coordinator and works with the linebackers. He previously worked with the defensive backs ealier in his CMS tenure.
Most recently, Battle was part of a defensive coaching staff that helped the Stags allow just 9.2 ppg as a team in 2021, as well as only 211.9 yards per game, and did not allow a touchdown in five of their nine contests. CMS ranked seventh in the country in total defense and scoring defense, 18th in pass efficiency defense, and 22nd in passing yards allowed.
On the postseason awards list, linebacker Stiles Satterlee was a first-team All-SCIAC selection, while special teams standout Caleb Carfaro was chosen on the second team. In 2021, Battle coached two first-team All-SCIAC linebackers, as Dylan Porter and Stiles Satterlee were both honored by the league's coaches. His efforts coaching the linebacking unit helped CMS hold opponents to just 16.7 points and 277.7 yards per contest.
While serving as the linebackers coach in 2018, Battle helped senior linebacker Mitchell Allan earn the SCIAC's Defensive Player of the Year Award and earn second-team All-West Region honors, while also helping the Stags lead the SCIAC in team defense. While working the defensive backs in 2019, he helped sophomore Benjamin Cooney earn All-SCIAC distinction after making five interceptions from his cornerback spot.
Battle is familiar with the Claremont area, as he graduated from Montclair High School, only 1.5 miles away from the Claremont Colleges. Prior to accepting the job at CMS, Battle was the safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Chaffey College, where his special teams unit was one of the best in the conference, resulting in a first-team all-conference punt returner and a second-team all-conference kick returner.
Prior to getting into the coaching profession, Battle served in the United States Marine Corps, earning The Purple Heart for wounds suffered while serving in Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq.
Battle's coaching stops prior to CMS consist of stints at Alta Loma High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School, Oak Hills High School, Hesperia High School and Chaffey College.