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Northeast introduces new head football coach

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) — Greg Davis will assume the duties of head football coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College effective January 1, 2015.

Davis is the 14th headman for a program that has won four Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division championships and qualified for the state playoffs on nine occasions.

Davis recently completed his third year as a member of the Tigers’ football staff during the 2014 campaign. He has served the team in multiple roles, including as an offensive coordinator last season.

He helped in the development of a Northeast passing game that accounted for 2,105 yards, which is the most by any Tiger quarterback unit in the past decade. The Tigers receiving core under Davis also finished in a tie for third in the Magnolia State with 19 touchdown receptions.

Three players that he directly influenced last year have already signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) with NCAA Division I universities, including lineman Justin Barksdale (Southeastern Louisiana University), tight end Chandler Dexter (Florida Atlantic University) and running back Corbin White (University of Texas at San Antonio).

The veteran coach served as the defensive line instructor for the Tigers in 2013. With the guidance of Davis, Daniel Ross was picked as an MACJC All-State second-team selection and also signed a professional contract with the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos.

Davis made his way to Booneville in 2012 after serving as an assistant at Kentucky State University for two years.

As the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Thorobreds, Davis helped lead a pair of Kentucky State running backs in Anthony Boykins and Shannon Frieson to 1,000-yard seasons in 2009.

While serving in Frankfort, Ky., Davis was chosen to attend the 2011 NFL and NCAA Football Academy at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. He learned how to improve and reinforce various aspects of securing, managing and excelling in head football coaching positions at the collegiate level.

Before joining the ranks at Kentucky State, Davis was part of Sul Ross State (Texas) Univeristy’s staff where he held the titles of offensive line coach and offensive coordinator as well. Prior to his stint with the Lobos, Davis spent a pair of seasons in Arkadelphia, Ark., at Henderson State University.

It was during his time as the Reddies’ offensive line coach and run-game coordinator that Davis made a name for himself. During his tenure at Henderson State, Davis had four linemen selected to the NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Team, three linemen elected to the All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) Team and one lineman tabbed an All-American.

Henderson State’s Kurt Kutscher was also a finalist for the 2007 Gene Upshaw Award, which is awarded to the best offensive lineman in NCAA Division II, under the direction of Davis.

During the 2004-05 seasons, he found himself at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) member Upper Iowa University. Before becoming a Peacock, Davis was the offensive line coach and strength coordinator at Muskogee, Okla., based Bacone College.

He began his coaching career at Stephen F. Austin State (Texas) University. Davis then moved to Independence (Kan.) Community College where he served in multiple roles including assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Davis played professionally first before joining the coaching ranks. He signed with the practice squad of the National Football League’s (NFL) New York Giants in 1999 and then inked with the Arena Football League’s (AFL) Houston Thunder Bears.

He starred on the gridiron at Texas Christian University from 1994-98. During his time with at Texas Christian, Davis participated in the Independence Bowl and the Sun Bowl and was named to the 1998 Sports Illustrated All-Bowl Team.

While at Texas Christian, Davis completed a Bachelor’s degree and later finished a Master’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Stephen F. Austin.

Davis, who is a native of Kingsville, Texas, is married to Karri, who is in her third season as Northeast’s cheerleading coach. The couple has two sons, Reed and Rece, as well.

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