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#34 Matt Davis
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Ohio State
Graduating Year: 2003
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: 513-529-6746
Email: davismj7@miamioh.edu

Follow Coach Davis on Twitter: @CoachDavis_bsbl

Matt Davis helped the Miami University pitching rotation develop into a driving force for a MAC East title during his inaugural season as assistant coach.

The 2014 RedHawks boasted two All-Mid-American Conference starting pitchers that helped guide them to their first division title since the 2005 season. After posting a combined 6.22 ERA over 76.2 innings in his first three seasons, Seth Varner experienced a dream season under Davis’ tutelage. In his senior campaign, Varner set a school record with 123 strikeouts while posting a 2.85 ERA in 104.1 innings of work. Those dominant totals, combined with a 7-3 record, made Varner the first Miami pitcher to win the MAC Pitcher of the Year award. He was also a First-Team All-MAC selection and became the first RedHawk to earn Louisville Slugger All-America honors since 2004 when he earned third-team honors from Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Varner’s year was capped by hearing his name called by the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th round of the MLB Draft after going undrafted through his junior season.

Additionally, junior Ryan Powers garnered Second-Team All-MAC honors after posting a team-best 9-3 record with a 4.25 ERA in 84.1 innings. In league games, Powers notched a 7-1 mark with a 2.85 ERA. Like Varner, Powers was also taken in the draft, going to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 22nd round following his junior campaign.

The remarkable part of those two player’s breakout seasons was the fact that neither pitched in the weekend rotation in 2013. With Davis working with the staff for the first time, the Red and White weekend starters posted a 2.96 ERA in MAC play in 2014 after notching a 4.27 clip a year ago. A roster that did not return a single All-MAC pitcher improved its overall ERA (4.45 from 4.75) and strikeouts per nine innings (7.17 from 6.42) under Davis.

“I am very excited to add Matt to the staff. Matt had a great professional baseball career that has prepared him well to be our new pitching coach,” head coach Danny Hayden said upon Davis' hire. “He is a guy who should have instant credibility with our players because of that. He is a smart, driven coach and I am confident our pitchers will learn from such a proven winner.”

In 2013, Davis helped lead Ohio Dominican into the GLIAC Tournament for the first time in program history, as the Panthers reached the championship round. He spent that season assisting veteran coach Paul Page, owner of over 900-career victories. On the mound, the Panthers lowered their team ERA from 5.10 in 2012 to 4.37 in 2013 under Davis’ tutelage, while the ODU hurlers also fired 34 more strikeouts under Davis (261 in 2013) compared to 2012 (227). He coached pitcher Dan Mooney to Honorable Mention All-GLIAC honors in 2013, as well.

Prior to coaching at Ohio Dominican, Davis was the head varsity baseball coach at Novinger High School in Missouri. During the 2012 season, he guided Novinger to its most wins since 2005 and a berth in the district championship game. He also served as the pitching coach at Mason High School near Cincinnati and an assistant coach at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus. Upper Arlington won a district championship in 2010 and Davis helped develop two pitchers who landed on Division I programs.

As a player at Ohio State, Davis led the Buckeyes to three-straight Big Ten championships(2001-03) and one NCAA Regional title (2003) from 2001-03 under Hall of Fame head coach Bob Todd. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2003 and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round of the 2003 draft. Davis left OSU as the program’s all-time saves leader with 14 and currently ranks fourth, while his 12 saves in 2003 were also a single-season record and still rank second.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Davis spent seven years playing professional baseball, including four seasons in the Indians’ minor league system. He also played in the Chicago White Sox system, appearing in 286 games during his pro career while racking up 67 career saves.

Prior to his career at Ohio State, Davis was a standout at Mason High School where he developed under Hall of Fame head coach Ken Gray.

Davis and his wife, Jamie, have three sons, Matthew, Andrew and Eli. They reside in Oxford. He finished his undergraduate at Ohio State in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology.

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