Jody Davis enters his sixth season as a volunteer assistant for the Coastal Carolina women's tennis team. Davis had previously served 15 years as the head coach of the team, compiling a 220-84 record and a .724 winning percentage to keep the Chanticleers among the region's top teams.
Davis also made the Chanticleers perennial contenders in the Big South Conference, posting winning records in each of his 14 seasons and a stellar 93-30 (.755) record in league play, including a 28-8 mark in his last six regular seasons. Davis picked up his 200th career victory in the 2009 regular-season finale win over Radford.
In his time as head coach, Davis guided the Chanticleers to two Big South championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Coastal Carolina reached the 2007 NCAA Tournament and took on ACC foe Clemson in the first round. The Chanticleers finished that season with a 20-6 overall record and were tied for the second-most victories in school history.
In 2011, Davis and the Chanticleers finished with a 19-6 overall record and a 5-2 mark inside the Big South Conference. It was the most wins since the 2007 Chants finished with a 20-6 record. Both Miki Bunea and Lexi Bolesky were selected to the All-Big South Conference Team under the direction of Davis.
Davis brought the program to new heights in 2001 when Coastal Carolina reached 20 wins for the first time in school history. The Chanticleers also swept through the Big South and finished the season with an undefeated 9-0 record in conference play. Coastal went on to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
In 2005, Davis led the Chanticleers to a school-record 22 wins and won at least 15 matches in each year after. Davis also guided Coastal to at least four wins in Big South play in each of his 14 seasons at the helm. In addition, the Chants finished above .500 in conference every season under Davis.
During Davis' tenure, the program saw unprecedented honors and awards earned by individuals. These accolades include six Big South Player of the Year award winners, four Rookie of the Year honors, 34 All-Conference players and three Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards.
Davis was named Big South Coach of the Year four times. He was also named the 2006 South Carolina Coach of the Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) of South Carolina. The USTA Southern Section has a comprehensive awards program that annually recognizes excellence on and off the tennis court.
Davis is a native of Conway, S.C. where he played football and tennis for Conway High School. As a tennis player, he earned a No. 1 doubles ranking in South Carolina along with All-State honors. After high school, he entered Coastal Carolina and played two years for the Chanticleers. Davis went on to receive a master's degree from The Citadel in 1988. Davis came back to Coastal in 1992, working in the Spadoni College of Education and the Division of Student Affairs. He took over the tennis program in 1996.
Davis is married to the former Martha Metts, who also graduated from Coastal Carolina and was a four-year starter on the Chanticleers' volleyball squad. The couple lives in Myrtle Beach with their four daughters Lindsey (22), Abby (21), Katie (17), and Gracie (11).