WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gallaudet University Director of Athletics Michael Weinstock announced Friday the official promotion of John Davis to Admissions Liaison for the athletics department. Davis will also continue as Assistant Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator, a position he has held since 2009. The upcoming 2011 season will be the fourth for Davis with the Bison football program.
“Our goal as an athletics department is to help the University accomplish its strategic plan and one of its goals focuses on recruiting and retention,” said Weinstock. “John will be a great liaison for our department as he works with Admissions and all of our head coaches to help them in their respective recruiting efforts.”
The new duties for Davis include providing support for head coaches in the recruiting process through meetings with the admissions staff, working on student-athlete visits and open houses for the athletics department. He will also assist in training and implementation of Athlete Relationship Management Software (ARMS), new athletic recruiting software. Davis will also track recruiting efforts and numbers and report findings to the NCAA.
“This is a great chance for me to continue to develop my skill set but at the same time help Gallaudet University and the athletics program. I think this is a great fit for me, with my recruiting background, and I am already off and running,” said Davis. “This position puts a centralized person in place that can work with all programs and keep our department abreast of any protocol changes. The goal with this position is to help bring in qualified students to GU and retain them.”
Davis completed his second season as Gallaudet’s assistant head football coach/defensive coordinator this past year. In 2009, his first as the defensive coordinator, the Bison finished the season ranked No. 6 in the nation for total defense as the Bison only allowed 245.30 yards per game. Gallaudet’s pass defense was ranked No. 4 among NCAA Division III teams as the Buff and Blue limited opponents to 109.10 yards per game. The Gallaudet defense was also nationally ranked for pass efficiency defense (No. 29) and scoring defense (No. 30).
Davis served as Gallaudet’s secondary coach in 2008. The Lynchburg, Va., native is a proud graduate from Liberty University where he lettered in football. The scholarship player completed three seasons with the Flames. Davis played high school football at E.C. Glass High School under the tutelage of Coach Wayne Lance, who currently coaches at Atlantic Shores High School in Virginia Beach, Va. At E.C. Glass, Davis was named a prep-star All-American and earned All-Region and All-District honors as a defensive back.
Davis and his wife Octavia have three children Alana, Myles and Gavin who currently reside in Virginia.
“My goals are the same as what our University and athletics department strives to achieve. I want to see GU continue to thrive as the premier school for the deaf and hard of hearing. I want to help bring championship caliber student athletes to Gallaudet and continue to raise the profile of this truly great institution,” said Davis.