DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s soccer head coach Robbie Church announced Monday the addition of Lane Davis to the Blue Devil coaching staff. Davis, who just finished has third season at Saint Joseph’s, has more than 13 years of college coaching experience he will bring to the Blue Devils. He will be in charge of the goalkeepers, along with helping with video breakdown, scouting, alumni relations and team travel.
“We are really excited to have Lane and his family come join us,” commented Church. “Lane brings a wealth of experience with him to Durham. He has done a very, very good job with the goalkeepers at Saint Joseph’s University and the other programs he has worked with. We are looking to continue that type of work for the goalkeepers we have here at Duke. The goalkeeper position performed as well as any position last year and it was a huge reason for a very successful season in 2015. We are looking to build on what our goalkeepers have done, because with our national schedule, they are going to be very important. We look forward to working with Lane with our staff, our players are looking forward to working with Lane, and we know he will do a great job for us.”
Over the last three years with Saint Joseph’s, Davis has helped develop the Hawks into one of the top backlines in the Atlantic 10. Goalkeepers accumulated 22 shutouts over the time, including eight in each of the last two years. Under his guidance, Davis helped goalkeeper Allison Ebling set the program record for wins in a season (11), while tallying eight shutouts en route to helping Saint Joseph’s to a third place finish in the A-10 as well as back-to-back conference tournament appearances.
“I would like to thank Robbie, Carla and Erwin for bringing me on staff at Duke University,” said Davis. “I am very excited to become a Blue Devil and carry on the women’s soccer program’s winning tradition. This university is a leader in both academic and athletic standards and I am looking forward to being a part of it.”
Prior to arriving at Saint Joseph’s, Davis served as an assistant at UMBC. In the fall of 2012, he helped goalkeeper Lauren Kadet earn America East All-Conference Second Team honors and defender Amira Walcott garner All-Rookie Team accolades.
Davis also spent three seasons at George Washington (2009-11). During his tenure as an assistant coach with the Colonials, he was responsible for working directly with the goalkeepers while also serving as recruiting coordinator. George Washington had three players selected to Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams during Davis’ three seasons, while the Colonials earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award recognition every year.
Davis began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Kansas. Over his three seasons with the Jayhawks, he helped guide the team to a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. In 2004, Kansas won its first Big 12 title, made its second-straight NCAA appearance and achieved a No. 6 ranking during the year.
Following Kansas’ success in 2004, Davis took over as an assistant at Missouri State. Focusing on goalkeeper and defensive improvement, he helped the Bears’ goalkeeper Jackie Jasper to a First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, while defender Kate Hercules was named Defensive Player of the Year in the MVC.
After his successful stint with Missouri State, Davis joined U.C. Riverside as recruiting coordinator and goalkeeper coach for two seasons. While with the Highlanders, he helped goalkeeper Brittany Goetz lead the Big West and set the team’s single-season record for saves (135) in 2008.
Davis has been a member of several state Olympic Development Programs, including with Region II ODP where he has been the head goalkeeper coach for various age groups. He has earned the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and has both a National “A” License and National Goalkeeping License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
Prior to coaching, Davis played collegiately at McPherson before suffering a career-ending knee injury as a freshman. He transferred to Wichita State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in exercise physiology in 1999. Davis would go on to receive his master’s of education in sports administration from Kansas in 2002.