DAYTON - Bryan Davis, an assistant coach at George Washington University, has been named the head men's soccer coach at Wright State University, Raider Director of Athletics Bob Grant announced today.
Davis, who served as an assistant coach for three seasons at George Washington after serving as a volunteer assistant for the Colonials' program in 2005, comes to WSU with great experience in all facets of the game. Davis worked with the squad's goalkeepers and assisted head coach George Lidster with recruiting, training, scheduling, budgeting, fundraising, alumni outreach and monitors the team's academic progress.
A major component of his duties at GW was heading up the recruiting efforts which landed the Colonials with the 27th best recruiting class in 2008, according to College Soccer News. The highest-ranked class in George Washington history included Brice Carr (US U17 Residency Program), and Yoni Berhanu (2008 Atlantic 10 rookie of the year). In fact, one of his earliest recruits , Andrew Stadler, ranked in the top ten in scoring nationally with 14 goals on his way to being named an NSCAA First Team All Region.
"Bryan has shown he is ready for this challenge through his successes at GW and his willingness to work hard for the student-athletes he coaches," said Wright State Senior Associate Athletic Director Roderick Perry. "We were impressed by Bryan's background, experience and knowledge of the game. We look forward to having him become a member of the Raider family and helping him succeed at WSU."
Under Davis' coaching in 2006, goalkeeper Greg Yahr ranked 10th in the nation and second in the A-10 with a 5.57 saves per game average. Davis came to GW from Milwaukee where he served as the head coach of Waukesha West High School from 2003-04. With Davis at the helm, Waukesha West earned a top-five state ranking in 2004 and a ranking of 12th in the region. In his first season he mentored former Colonials Greg Yahr and Thomas Stuber and junior Mike Briscoe.
"I am thrilled to become part of Wright State University's athletic family as the men's soccer coach" Davis said. "Wright State's great history of commitment to academic and athletic excellence is exactly why I want to be here. I look forward to getting to work right away with the student-athletes. This group has a tremendous opportunity to help take the men's soccer program to new levels of success."
Davis also has coaching experience with several Olympic Development Programs. The Wisconsin native has been on staff of the Virginia ODP for the last three years and was a coach for Wisconsin ODP in 2004. Davis worked with the Region I ODP program after coaching in Region II in 2005. In addition, Davis served as the director of the Elite Team Camp and the Elite Goalkeeper Academy. He holds NSCAA National and Advanced National Diplomas, a USSF B License and National Goalkeeper License to go along with NSCAA Level I and II Goalkeeper Diplomas.
Recently, Davis was also head coach for the U18 Potomac Academy Team and on staff with the Potomac Soccer Club. His U-15 boys' team finished third in the nation at the 2005 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship.
Davis played for the University of Cincinnati in 1997 and the University of Wisconsin in 1998, graduating from Wisconsin in 2001.
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