During Morris Davis' successful nine-year tenure, he amassed over 170 wins. Davis notched his 100th career win with a 3-0 triumph of Rutgers University-Newark on November 1, 2008 while his 150th victory occurred at the 2011 Seahawk Invitational with a 3-1 win over Bridgewater (Va.) College.
|Davis' Year-by-Year Record|
|2004||6-19||1-6||CAC First Round|
|2005||20-19||2-5||CAC First Round|
|2009||18-14||4-4||CAC First Round|
|2010||22-10||5-3||CAC First Round|
|2011||10-18||4-4||CAC First Round|
Looking at Davis' track record, there was no doubt that a winning tradition was infused into the Seahawk volleyball program. Under his guidance, St. Mary's recorded six consecutive winning seasons. The Seahawks also posted 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) have passed through the program during Davis' watch.
In his final season at the helm of the Seahawks, Davis guided St. Mary's to the CAC semifinals for the fourth time in his career after the Seahawks finished third in the conference regular-season standings with a 21-9 (4-2 CAC) record. He coached three All-CAC picks, including two first-teamers and the CAC Rookie of Year in Mandy Goodspeed '16.
St. Mary's picked up 10 wins in 2011 and gained a berth in the CAC Volleyball Championship Tournament for the eighth straigh season while Gena Hlavinka '12 was a CAC all-star. The Seahawks picked up their fourth 20-win season in 2010 under Davis while Claire Kodan '11 and Gena Hlavinka '12 earned all-conference honors.
In 2009, St. Mary's failed to advance past the CAC first round for the first time since 2005 en route to an 18-14 overall record and one conference all-star.
Davis coached the program's second All-America (Katie Ewing '10) as well as two AVCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region picks and three All-CAC selections in 2008 while the Seahawks made a return trip to the CAC championship match. St. Mary's 7-1 conference mark is the most league wins in program history.
The 2007 CAC Coach of the Year, he mentored the program's first-ever All-American (Claire Kodan '11) while guiding St. Mary's to its first-ever appearance in the CAC title match. Davis also guided the Seahawks to a school record for most wins in a season with 30.
For the second year in a row, he coached the CAC Rookie of the
Year (Katie Ewing '08) in 2006.
Davis concluded the 2005 season leading the
Seahawks to their first 20-win season since 1999 and their first
winning season since 2002 while Becca Tursell '09 was
voted as the CAC Rookie of the Year, becoming the first-ever
Seahawk to win such an honor.
His mindset of winning comes from being involved with volleyball for over 25 years both as a player and coach, including 15 years as the head coach for the All-Navy and US Armed Forces women's volleyball teams, while having also coached at the club level.
During the 1999 and 2000 seasons, Davis served
as the head varsity coach at McDonough HS in Pomfret, Md., where he
led the school to a two-year record of 39-3 and a No. 2
ranking. The team finished as the regional runner-up twice
during his tenure.
Davis does have one year of collegiate coaching experience to his credit prior to St. Mary's, helping to lead Norfolk State University to a second place conference tournament finish with a 10-9 mark during the 1987 season.
Born on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Davis is a 20-year veteran of the US Navy. He earned a B.S. in technical operations management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001.