David Rout was President of the New Zealand Basketball Federation from 1986 to 1990. He served on the Federation for 15 years. Along with Cedric Cudby, he was responsible for introducing miniball into New Zealand, which continues to be loved by young Kiwis today. He was heavily involved in coaching in Lower Hutt, Mid Canterbury and Otago, particularly at the secondary school and junior level.
David is a life member of Basketball New Zealand and Basketball Otago. He is a past recipient of the Sir Lance Cross Award and received a Member of Honour of FIBA Oceania for his outstanding services in the FIBA Oceania Zone.