December 14, 2012

Davis Resigns as St. Mary's Volleyball Coach

St. Mary's City, Md. – Scott Devine, the director of athletics and recreation at St. Mary's College of Maryland, announced Friday that head volleyball coach Morris Davis will be stepping down from his post after nine years at the helm.  Davis, who resignation is effective immediately, is resigning in order to spend more time with his family.

A national search for his replacement will begin in late January 2013.

Davis led St. Mary's to a pair of second-place finishes in the Capital Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament in 2007 and 2008 in nine seasons at the helm of the Seahawk volleyball program.  He earned CAC Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after the Seahawks posted a school record 30 wins and advanced to the league championship match for the first-time ever.

"Coach Davis has done an outstanding job leading our volleyball program.  After almost a decade in charge, Morris will be sorely missed by our players, our staff, and the NCAA D-III collegiate volleyball community," expressed Devine.

"Under his tutelage, the volleyball team has been one of our most consistent programs in terms of overall competitiveness and winning percentage.  The student-athletes have also done an amazing job in the classroom as well.  All of these accomplishments are a direct result of the many years of successful recruiting, strong mentoring, and the high-level coaching knowledge which Morris has brought to the program."

Davis commented, "It has been a privilege to coach the Seahawk volleyball team for the past nine years.  I would like to thank St. Mary's and Scott Devine for allowing me this incredible opportunity."

St. Mary's posted a nine-year record of 173-113 (36-31), including recording six consecutive winning seasons and notching five 20-win campaigns.

He coached two All-America selections as well as four all-region selections.  Davis also mentored seven Seahawks to 16 All-Capital Athletic Conference selections, including seven first team awards.  The school's first-ever AVCA Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year, Claire Kodan '11, and three CAC Rookies of the Year (2005, 2006, and 2012) also passed through the program during Davis' watch.

"We all wish Morris and his family nothing but the best as he steps aside from this position.  Clearly, he leaves very big shoes to fill for our next head coach; however, he also leaves a group of talented returning players as we look to keep pace in our extremely challenging conference," added Devine.  "On behalf of our student-athletes and staff, I sincerely thank Coach Davis for his steady and successful leadership of Seahawk volleyball during his head coaching tenure here at the College."

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