Meet Dr. Mathews – Our New AFF Student Program Director!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Skydive Tecumseh is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. David Mathews as AFF Student Program Director.

Dr. Mathews brings a wealth of educational leadership experience to the position.  He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and has been a teacher, textbook author, research mathematician, and college president. 

Dr. Mathews began skydiving in 1980 with the Michigan State University Sport Parachuting Club. Later, he became an Army Special Forces “Green Beret” High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) team leader.  Dr. Mathews has served as an AFF Instructor at Skydive Tecumseh since 2018.  Most recently, in 2021 he also earned his tandem instructor rating.   

Although Dr. Mathews really enjoys tandem jumps and formation skydiving (and night/oxygen/jet jumps!), his true passion is teaching skydiving.  He has trained hundreds of students to make their first solo skydive and thoroughly enjoys helping them progress in their flying skills.  

On the appointment, Drop Zone Manager (DZM) Shaggio Levesque said, “We are extremely fortunate to have Dave as part of our family. Dave is one of the best teachers that I have met in skydiving. He takes real pride in his students’ progress and successes. The easiest way to manage is to surround yourself with great people who are invested in your organization and Dave is all of that and then some.”

On his new position, Dr. Mathews shared, “Skydive Tecumseh is a very special dropzone in many ways. We have excellent student gear, excellent training facilities, and an excellent student landing area, not to mention TWO turbine aircraft.  We also have exceptional management and a wonderful group of  instructors, pilots, and staff. I am humbled to have this leadership opportunity to work with such talented people on our shared passion of providing world-class skydiving instruction.”

Dr. Mathews begins his duties immediately with a free refresher course for continuing students on Friday evening before SDT’s Safety Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023.    

Tandem Skydiver in freefall at Skydive Tecumseh

It was my first time skydiving and I was so impressed by the staff at Skydive Tecumseh! Everyone was friendly and professional making you feel comfortable from the minute you arrive. The experience was unexplainably awesome! The free fall was such a rush, the parachute release was much less of a jolt than I anticipated, the landing was super smooth and Ken Beach is the bomb! I will be back for my second jump soon.

Kendra Pifher Doriot