Denver Davis begins his ninth season with the Bridgewater College Eagles Men's and Women's Track & Field programs. He was named Director of Cross Country and Track & Field in November of 2018. Davis’ coaching efforts are focused on men’s and women’s jumps, and women’s sprints, hurdles and relays.
During the 2018 indoor season Davis’ women scored 120.25 of the team’s 145 points to help lead the Eagles to their 5th straight ODAC Indoor Championship. Davis’ women were spectacular at the ODAC indoor championships, led by Amber Celen who took home two individual titles in the 200m and 60m Hurdles and anchored the school record setting and conference champion 4x400m relay team. She also finished as runner-up in the 60m Dash and Long Jump. Davis’ women brought home additional ODAC titles, as Tye Meador won her first Long Jump title, and Courtney Adams won her first Triple Jump title. Both Adams and Meador, and Emily Valley joined Celen on the winning 4x400m relay team. Celen would earn ODAC Track Athlete and Scholar Athlete of the Meet honors, while Adams would take home the Field Athlete of the Meet award. In total Davis’ women would earn 16 All-ODAC selections and 13 All-South/Southeast Region honors for the indoor season. Amber Celen would again qualify for national competition in the 60m, 200m and Long Jump. Under Davis’ guidance she would earn All-American honors in the 200m (3rd) and Long Jump (8th) at the National Championships, making her a Bridgewater record 11-time All-American. For her efforts on the year Celen was again named USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year ahead of the National Championships, while Davis was named USTFCCCA Women’s South/Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Davis’ men also had a solid showing during the Indoor ODAC Championships, contributing 49.5 of the team’s 165.5 points, finishing 2nd to Washington & Lee. Winning two events for Davis and the Eagles, Davonta Womack took home another Long Jump title, while newcomer Ryan Shepard won his first ODAC high jump title. Davis’ assisted in helping Womack to the National Championship in the 60m Dash where he finished 9th, just shy of earning All-American honors. Davis’ men earned a total of 3 All-ODAC selections and 5 All-South/Southeast Region honors on the season.
During the spring season, Davis’ men would shine at the Outdoor ODAC Championships, hosted at Bridgewater College. In winning the team title over Washington & Lee, Davis’ men contributed 48 of the team’s 198 points. This was highlighted by a 1-2-3 finish in the high jump with Ryan Shepard again claiming the title, and teammates Brandon Christian and Rashon Davis grabbing the 2nd and 3rd place spots. Davonta Womack would also bring home gold in the Long Jump for Davis and the Eagles. Davis would assist Womack in qualifying for his first outdoor national championships in the 100m as well, with Womack eventually finishing 6th to earn his first career All-American honors. In total Davis’ men captured 4 All-ODAC honors and 2 All-South/Southeast Region honors on the season.
Davis’ women would contribute 115 of the team’s 165 points in their 2nd place finish to Lynchburg at the ODAC Outdoor Championships. Davis’ women earned 11 All-ODAC selections. Celen and Adams led the way at ODACs, each winning two individual titles – Celen in the 200m and 100m Hurdles, and Adams in the Triple Jump and Pole Vault. Emily Valle and Tye Meador also took home first place hardware in the 400m Hurdles and Long Jump respectively. Celen again took home the ODAC Track Athlete and Scholar Athlete of the Meet awards and Adams won her second career ODAC Field Athlete of the Meet award. Celen would again find herself at the National Championships, this time in the 100m and 200m Dashes. Celen’s final trip to the National Championships was highlighted by her winning the NCAA Elite 90 award, the highest academic honor the NCAA bestows on its student-athletes. On the season Davis’ women earned 8 All-South/Southeast Region honors as well and Amber Celen collected honors well into the summer months as she was honored for the third time as a first team Academic All-American, received the ODAC Marjorie Berkley Scholar Athlete Award, and was nominated to represent the ODAC for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
During his eight years with the program, Davis has been instrumental in guiding the men’s and women’s track programs to a total of 12 ODAC team championships in indoor and outdoor track and field. Individually he has coached 3 National Champions and 14 All-Americans, 1 USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year; 1 NCAA Championship Performer of the Meet, 20 NCAA qualifiers, 5 USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Athletes of the Year; 57 All-South/Southeast Region honorees, 70 ODAC champions and 173 All-ODAC performers in Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. His athletes have set 1 NCAA DIII National Record, 4 NCAA DIII All-Time Top-10 performances, 11 ODAC records; have claimed 2 NCAA Elite 90 awards, 5 ODAC Track Athlete of the Meet awards, 2 ODAC Field Athlete of the Meet awards, 7 ODAC Rookie of the Year awards and 5 ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar Athlete of the Year awards. For his efforts, Davis has been recognized as the USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year 8 times since 2012 for men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.
Prior to coming to Bridgewater, Davis served as associate head coach for boys and girls cross country and track & field at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va., from 2005-2010.
Davis is no stranger to the ODAC either, having competed for the University of Lynchburg for four years as a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams. While at Lynchburg, Davis was a member of four indoor track and field ODAC champion teams and four outdoor track and field ODAC champion teams.
Davis received his bachelor's degree in History from Lynchburg in 2005 and his master's degree in history from George Mason University in 2009. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Department of History and Political Science.
Davis is a member of USA Track & Field and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He holds a USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching certification and holds a USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification.
Denver and his wife Ashley currently reside in Waynesboro, VA.