Dave Rastovski was raised in Longview. He attended C.V.G. and Kessler elementary schools, Monticello Jr. High and R.A. Long High School. At R.A. Long he was a three sport varsity letter winner. Dave received seven varsity letters. On the football team Dave was a two year starter in the defensive backfield, earning all-conference recognition his senior year. As a senior, he was the starting quarterback as well being a co-captain
After high school, Dave walked on at the University or Oregon and played freshman football. In the fall of 1970, he transferred to the University of Puget Sound at the recommendation of his high school teammate, Bill Hecker. Dave received a full-ride scholarship and was a varsity defensive starter for three years. During his senior year he was a co-captain of the football team.
Dave was also an exceptional student. In high school he was a three year member of the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10% of his class. In 1973 he graduated from the University of Puget Sound and was on the dean’s list. He went on to Stanford where he attained a Master’s degree in 1976.
Coach Rastovski had a long and outstanding career as a high school and college coach His head coaching career took him from Rio Rico high school in Arizona, to Washington state where he coached at Bethel, Fife, Mountain View in Vancouver, and Olympic high schools. Along the way his teams won three league championships, and had five playoff teams. One of his teams made it to the quarterfinals. Dave had one coach of the year award and was also selected to be an East-West All Star game representative. Dave was a youth football camp director as well. College football was another part of Dave’s coaching career. At Stanford he was a grad assistant responsible for the defensive scout team and frosh offensive coordinator. At Cal State University, Northridge he was the tight ends and receivers coach. In his time at San Jose State University he was the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. While at Pacific Lutheran University he was the kicking game coordinator and running backs coach.