Denver Davis begins his tenth 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.
Davis’ first year at the helm of the Bridgewater Track & Field Programs was one for the record books. The Bridgewater men’s and women’s track and field teams qualified a program best 9 athletes for the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the men’s team finished a program best 8th in the team standings at the National Championships. Led by senior Davonta Womack who was crowned the 100m Dash National Champion, running a meet, facility, ODAC and school record 10.20. Womack finished 6th in the long jump, and anchored the 6th place 4x100m relay to earn a total of 3 All-American awards at the meet. Womack was joined on the 4x100m by Diante Cannon, Dirk Jones and Alex Galloway, all of whom earned their career first All-American awards. Jamie Hiegel also competed for the men in the 10,000m Run, and finished 5th for his first All-American honor. On the women’s side, Calista Ariel earned her first All-American honor with a 7th place finish in the 3,000m Steeple Chase. Tye Meador was named South/Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year after qualifying in the long jump, while juniors Emily Valle (400m Hurdles) and English Jackson (5,000m Run) also represented Bridgewater at the National Championship.
The men saw more success at the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships as Davis led his team to a 1 point victory over rival Washington and Lee University for the team title. This was Bridgewater’s 11th men’s ODAC Outdoor Track & Field team title. The women’s program finished 2nd at the outdoor ODAC Championship. Womack and Ariel took home men’s and women’s ODAC Track Athlete of the Meet honors for Bridgewater.
During the indoor season, Womack, Ariel and Valle represented the men’s and women’s programs at the NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field National Championships. Womack was named the South/Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year and earned All-American honors in the 60m Dash at the championship, while Valle earned All-American honors in the 60m Hurdles, also setting a new ODAC and school record in that event with her time of 8.69 in the preliminary round. Ariel competed in the 3,000m Run at the championships.
Both the men’s and women’s programs saw 2nd place finishes at the indoor ODAC Championships. Womack and Valle took home men’s and women’s ODAC Track Athlete of the Meet honors while Ariel was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
As Director, Davis’ teams have produced 1 NCAA DIII Top-10 Team finish, 1 NCAA DIII National Champion, 10 NCAA DIII All-Americans, 14 NCAA DIII Championship Qualifiers, 2 USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Athletes of the Year, 34 USTFCCCA All-South/Southeast Region honorees, 1 ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship, 4 ODAC Athletes of the Meet, 1 ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 32 ODAC champions and 59 All-ODAC selections.
During his nine years with the program, Davis has been instrumental in guiding the men’s and women’s track programs to a total of 13 ODAC team championships in indoor and outdoor track and field. Individually he has coached 3 National Champions and 15 All-Americans, 1 USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year; 1 NCAA Championship Performer of the Meet, 24 NCAA qualifiers, 6 USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Athletes of the Year; 77 All-South/Southeast Region honorees, 88 ODAC champions and 193 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, 12 ODAC records; have claimed 2 NCAA Elite 90 awards, 6 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 was recognized as the USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year 8 times 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 1st Team All-ODAC selection in Indoor Track & Field and was a member of four indoor track and field ODAC champion teams and four outdoor track and field ODAC champion teams. Davis was also a 6 time ODAC All-Academic selection.
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 serves as an adjunct instructor in Bridgewater’s 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 USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist and Sprints, Hurdles and Relays Specialist Certifications as well as a USATF Level 1 Coach certificate.
Denver and his wife Ashley currently reside in Waynesboro, Va.