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July 13, 2009

Davis named new football defensive coordinator, men's and women's track and field assistant head coach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Gallaudet University Department of Athletics is proud to name John Davis as its new football defensive coordinator and men's and women's track and field assistant head coach as announced by Athletics Director Michael Weinstock. Davis will begin his new duties on Monday, July 13.

"We are excited to welcome back Coach Davis to the GU Department of Athletics," said Weinstock. "When he worked here as a graduate assistant he always worked more hours than required and never complained about it. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever been associated with."

Davis, 26, will take over the defensive coordinator position with the GU football program and serve as an assistant head coach with the men's and women's track and field program.

"I am excited! Gallaudet is a great institution to work for and the Department of Athletics is very inviting," said Davis.

Last season, Davis served as the secondary coach as the Bison forced 26 turnovers on the gridiron and completed a strong track and field season in the Capital Athletic Conference.

"Coach Davis is excellent with our student-athletes and has a tremendous rapport with the football coaching staff and the GU athletic administration," said GU coach Ed Hottle, who enters his fifth season at the helm. "We are thrilled to have him heading up our defensive unit as he will help raise the bar for the Bison."

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.

"I hope to continue the focused, solid and hard nosed brand of defense that Gallaudet has been known for under Coach Hottle," said Davis. "I want to help build the track and field program into a consistent competitor that challenges for conference championships. I want to help cultivate the talent of both programs and continue to bring more talented student-athletes to GU."

Davis and his wife Octavia have two children Alana and Myles who currently reside in Lynchburg, Va.

"It's a great time to be a part of the GU Athletic program with the buzz surrounding our department," said Davis.