Mark Davis
Courtesy of: Miami University Athletics
OXFORD, Ohio, July 2. AFTER a lengthy search, Miami University founds its new head women's swimming coach in Oxford as athletic director David Sayler decided to promote assistant coach Mark Davis to helm the program. Davis replaces Dave Jennings after six years as his assistant with Jennings electing to retire this year.

"We're real excited to have Mark Davis take the position to become our next head coach and build on the success that he has helped be a part of with Dave Jennings and his staff," Sayler said in a statement. "We look for Mark to continue the trend of winning MAC Championships, graduating our student-athletes and letting them achieve records in the classroom, which they've been doing the last few years, as well."

During Davis' six years with the team, Miami has won a pair of conference championships in 2009 and 2013. He also helped mentor 16 individual conference championships, and assisted in turning Miami into a national brand with swimmers competing at NCAAs in four of the six years he has been in Oxford. Most notably, Kelsey Vehr became the first All-American in the team's history during his tenure as an assistant.


"I would like to thank Athletic Director David Sayler and Associate Athletic Director Jennie Gilbert for allowing me the opportunity to continue the great tradition of Miami Women's Swimming and Diving," Davis in a statement. "I am excited to be a part of this great Athletic Department, family and team. When I came here 6 years ago, I was like our freshmen, I knew I really liked Miami, but after a short time here I fell in love with Miami. As everyone says Miami is about the people. There is no other place I wanted to be."

Previously, Davis served as head coach of Centerville High from 1996-07, and helped that team become one of the top swimming squads in the state of Ohio. He even secured a high school state championship with the girls squad in 2004. Additionally, Davis coached with the WTRC Sharkes from 1992-07 on the club circuit, helping the team to a USA Swimming Silver Medal Club of Excellence designation.