PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College athletic department has appointed Giles Davis as the new Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach.
Davis comes to Lake Erie after spending 20 years as an assistant coach at the University of Indianapolis. While at UIndy, he helped coach a combined 139 NCAA qualifiers including 71 All-Americans. He will take over the LEC program with vast experience within the Great Lakes Region having helped Greyhound athletes to 72 All-GLVC honors to go along with 29 individual conference champions, and six relay titles. As a teacher and coach at the high school level, he also led seven athletes to individual Indiana state championships.
In addition, Davis is also three-time U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009, 2012, and 2013.
Director of Athletics Kelley Kish said, "We are pleased to have Giles Davis join Lake Erie College Athletics as our Head Coach for Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country. He has had an amazing career as an assistant coach in the GLVC that includes coaching conference champions and national qualifiers each year. His commitment to excellence is second to none. My familiarity with Giles' support of our student-athletes in and outside of their event are the exact qualities that will elevate our programs in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and within D-II. Giles is an excellent recruiter with a nationally recognized coaching background. We are looking forward to Giles leading our Track & Field and Cross Country teams at Lake Erie."
Head Coach Giles Davis said, "I am very excited and honored to be named the new head track and field and cross country coach at Lake Erie College." "I want to thank Director of Athletics Kelley Kish and the LEC Administration for offering me this opportunity. From the first conversations, to doing my own research on the amazing academic and athletic programs at Lake Erie College, it really became evident to me that LEC is a very special place with competitive programs. "
While at Eastern Michigan University, he was a six-time All-Mid-American Conference performer while also earning honors as a Dean's Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and management from University of Phoenix in 2012.
Davis is the proud father of two daughters, Chanea and Kamrie.
He will begin preparations immediately for the 2018 seasons as track and field student-athletes return to campus on January 8. Coach Davis added, "I am really looking forward to working with the current sports administration, meeting the current student-athletes and getting to work continuing to build programs that compete in the G-MAC but also become a prominent force at the NCAA Division II Championships."
Coach Davis concluded, "My goal is to facilitate competitive track and cross country teams in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the NCAA by recruiting and developing student-athletes."
The Storm is in their inaugural season in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and is coming off a 2016-17 season in which two student-athletes qualified for nationals during the indoor season, and one student-athlete was an All-American during the outdoor season.