Shane Davis enters his first year as a volunteer assistant coach at Air Force. Davis comes to the Academy after four years as a player and two years as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University. Davis will work primarily with the Falcon catchers.
Davis was an assistant coach under then-EMU head coach Jake Boss during the 2008 season where he worked with the catchers and outfielders. He helped lead the Eagles to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division Title, MAC Conference Tournament Title and a berth to the NCAA Regionals in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In his first year coaching, Davis was a student-assistant under coach Roger Coryell in 2007. He coached the catchers in 2007 and helped lead the Eagles to the MAC regular season title.
In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Davis coached the Varsity Shop Bullets, an 18-under summer baseball team based out of Birmingham, Mich., this past summer.
"We really wanted to get a guy in here that had played and coached at the Div. I level and specialized in catching," Hutcheon said. "We are very fortunate to have a coach that knows catching as well as Shane does and can dedicate his time and efforts into making our players better each day. Our catching core is still very young and these guys need as much individual attention as they can get on a daily basis and Shane gives us that."
Davis earned four letters as a catcher at EMU. His best season came as a junior in 2005, when he played in 30 games, starting 10, and batted .279 with a homer and nine RBIs. Davis gained valuable catching experience during two years under position coach Chris Hoiles, who was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1998 and is enshrined in the Orioles Hall-of-Fame
"It is an honor to be given a chance to be a part of a program and institution that I have long admired," Davis said. "It is also an honor to join a coaching staff and athletic department that is dedicated to success on the field as well as the development of effective officers in the United States Air Force."
A 2002 graduate of Poland Seminary in Poland, Ohio, Davis was a three-year starter as a catcher for the Bulldogs. He was named Youngstown Vindicator Player of the Year in 2002 after posting a .540 batting average with five home runs.
Davis graduated from Eastern Michigan in 2007 with a degree in secondary education.