Aug. 16, 2007
BEAUMONT - Greg Davis, who has won three NAIA national championships and is a three-time NAIA national coach of the year recipient, has been named men's tennis coach at Lamar University, announced Athletics Director Billy Tubbs.
Davis brings a wealth of coaching experience and a great deal of success. In eight seasons as a head coach, Davis has compiled a sparkling 231-70 (.767) record.
"I really like taking programs and building them," said Davis. "I believe this situation is ripe for improvement. Lamar has a history and tradition as a quality program, and I hope to build on that.
"This is a very positive situation. In talking with coach (Billy) Tubbs and coach (Ron) Wesbrooks, I think the community is ready to get behind the program and we can take it to the next level. We have a good group of returning players from last season and, with the incoming freshman class, I believe the sky is the limit."
Davis comes to Lamar after a highly successful five-year stint (2002-07) as the women's tennis coach at the University of Louisville, posting a 99-48 (.673) record. The 2005-06 Cardinals were ranked as high as No. 50 by the Intercollegiate Coaches Association poll and their 23-7 mark was a school record for wins in a single season. That also capped off the most successful four-year period in Cardinals tennis history with 87 wins.
While at Louisville, Davis was elected to serve on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Operating Committee for Division I Women's Tennis and was a member of the NCAA Southeast Regional Advisory Committee.
Prior to Louisville, Davis was the head men's and women's coach at the University of Auburn at Montgomery (1999-2002). He led the UAM women's team to two NAIA national championships in 2000 and 2001 and a national runner-up finish in 2002. Five of his female student-athletes earned All-America honors. His 2002 women's squad was named an ITA Academic All-American team.
The UAM men's team won the 2002 NAIA national championship with five of his players being named All-America. In three season at UAM, Davis had 15 women and 13 men named as NAIA All-Americans. The UAM men's team posted a 68-12 (.850) record and the women's team compiled a 64-10 (.865) ledger.
Davis' success at UAM did not go unnoticed as he was named the 2002 ITA and NAIA men's tennis coach of the year and the NAIA women's tennis coach of the year in 2000 and 2001. He was also named NAIA Region XIII men's tennis coach of the year in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and the NAIA Region XII women's tennis coach of the year in 2000. In addition, he was the Georgia Alabama Carolina Conference men's coach of the year in 2000 and 2002.
Davis went to UAM after a one-year stint as the assistant men's coach at Northwestern University (1998-99). While at the Big 10 school, he helped lead the Wildcats to the 1999 NCAA Tournament and a No. 32 ranking. The Wildcats had a NCAA singles championship qualifier and two players ranked in the top 30 nationally.
From 1996-98, Davis was the assistant men's coach at Wake Forest University. As part of his duties, he served as the Tournament Director for the ACC Indoor Tennis Championships. Wake Forest qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history during his tenure and was ranked as high at No. 55 in 1998. Davis was the assistant men's coach at Rice University from 1994-96 where the Owls were ranked as high as No. 43 in the nation.
A successful player in his own right, Davis was ranked No. 3 in Alabama in 30 and over doubles in 1999. As a collegiate player, Davis was team captain and played No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles for IUPUI. While at Kankakee Community College, he was team captain and qualified for the NJCAA nationals in singles and doubles in 1991.
Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 1994. He achieved United States Professional Tennis Association Certification in 1994.