Post by Bornthrilla on Nov 13, 2004 0:52:48 GMT -5
It seemed like only yesteday....
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS CHARLES DAVIS
North Carolina A&T State University appointed Charles L. Davis as the new director of athletics in October 2002, with the task of putting the Aggie Athletic Program in a new direction.
Davis has already seen dividends of his impact in the athletics department, as N.C. A&T finished the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons in the upper echelon of the men's and women's overall athletic standings in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In 2003, Davis hired new coaches for football, men's basketball, and women's bowling. Under first year football head coach George Small, the gridiron Aggies won the school's sixth MEAC title, and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs. Women's bowling capped an outstanding season under with their third consecutive MEAC championship.
He continues his task of reshaping athletics with the addition of a new volleyball coach, the making of the new head bowling coach full-time, uplifting the importance of the Academic Excellence Banquet and emphasis with in study hall, academic expectations, and the life skills program.
Davis came to N.C. A&T from Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) where he served as the athletics director since August 2000. While at BSU, the athletics department demonstrated continued growth in sports across the board. He instituted new and progressive programs within the department such as the annual Academic Excellence Banquet, which honored student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA or better in the classroom. He also initiated a Millennium Fund, which raised money to support athletic scholarships.
Prior to Bowie State, Davis spent 11 years as part of the Wake Forest University (WFU) athletic administration. He joined the staff in 1989 as a sports marketer and account executive. In 1991, he became director of community programs and developed ACT (Athletes Care Team), which received the 1996 Award of Excellence for Community Programs by Athletic Management Magazine. While at Wake Forest he also designed, developed, and implemented “Charlie’s Kids,” a program which increased football revenue and ticket sales while allowing nearly 2,000 youth per season to attend Wake Forest football games and other athletic events. In 1995, he was named the assistant athletic director at WFU and was responsible for preparing student-athletes for life after athletics by advising them on various matters, including career choices, internships, summer jobs, classes, and personal matters.
A 1971 graduate of Wake Forest University, Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from WFU in 1997. Davis also spent four years as a standout basketball player for the Demon Deacons. He was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team selection for three consecutive years and in 1971 became the first African-American to be named the ACC Player of the Year. Davis finished his career as a Demon Deacon with 1,970 points, averaging 24.9 points per game, still the best in Wake Forest history. Against American University, he scored 51 points, which also stands as the highest single game output in school history. Furthermore, Davis currently holds the ACC career free throw percentage record of 87.3 percent. For his efforts, Wake Forest inducted Davis into the Hall of Fame in 1984 while retiring his #12 jersey. He was also named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team. Davis and his wife of 31 years, Linda, are the proud parents of two daughters, Sharrika DeVae and Sydney Rae.
There has been too much churn in the athletic dept. Something aint right. I don't know what went down with Davis but all this hiring and firing in the athletic dept stinks. We're wasting money and valuable time when we don't have an abundance of either. Renick needs to give someone the time to realize their vision for the athletic program.
Delores Todd from the ACC will probably be the next AD.
Either her or Charles Harris, the former MEAC commish now at Averitt College, in Danville VA as AD. I could sleep well at night with either one of them at the helm.
I would prefer Harris first because of his past successful experience with HBCUs, A&T, and Greensboro area, and the way he marketed the MEAC product when he was the commish. Besides he and Renick agree on the major issues and that seems to be the key factor these days.
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