June 13, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina women’s tennis head coach Jody Davis has decided to resign from his position as head coach and remain exclusively as the university’s Director of Campus Recreation, Coastal Carolina Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced Monday.
Davis recently completed his 15th season and ends his career with a 241-90 overall record and a .728 winning percentage.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Coastal Carolina Administration for providing me with an opportunity to coach at this great university,” Davis said. “The friendships and relationships that I have developed with players, coaches and administrators will be wonderful life long memories. Our success in this program is mainly due to the players and their commitment to athletic and academic achievement. I have learned many valuable lessons from the student-athletes and they have all contributed to our success. Finally, but most importantly, I would like to thank my family, especially my wife Martha, for encouraging me to pursue excellence, for her sacrifices with our children and for being such a wonderful friend.”
A native on Conway, Davis immediately made the Chanticleers perennial contenders in the Big South Conference, posting winning records in each of his 15 seasons and a stellar 100-31 (.763) record in league play, including a 35-9 mark over the past seven regular seasons.
Davis has guided the Chanticleers to two Big South championships (2001, 2011) and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2001, 2007) in his tenure as head coach. He ended his career in style by leading the Chants to the 2011 Big South regular season championship after posting a 7-1 record in league play. Coastal finished last season with a 21-6 overall record to mark the second-most victories in school history.
Davis brought the program to new heights in 2001 when Coastal Carolina reached 20 wins for the first in school history. The Chanticleers also swept through the Big South and finished the season with an undefeated 9-0 record in conference. 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 has guided Coastal to least 15 wins in every year since. Davis has also guided Coastal to at least four wins in Big South play in each of his 15 seasons at the helm. In addition, the Chants have finished above .500 in conference every season under Davis.
During Davis’ tenure, the program has seen 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, 40 All-Conference players and three Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winners.
Davis has been named Big South Coach of the Year five times, which included his selection as the 2011 Co-Coach of the Year. 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.
The Chanticleers have also excelled academically under the director of Davis, which includes making the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team (3.2 GPA or higher) for the 12th consecutive season. In addition, Davis has had 64 of his players recognized as an ITA Academic All-American (3.5 GPA or higher).
Davis also served two two-year terms on the ITA National Ranking Committee, helping determine regional and national rankings. He was also elected twice by his conference peers to serve as the tennis liaison between the Big South Conference and its coaches.