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Nate Davis
Nate Davis

Position:
Assistant Coach - High Jump and Multi Events

Experience:
9th Season

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Assistant Coach - Women's Track & Field
Ninth Season
nkd@athletics.wisc.edu

The Davis File
Coaching Experience
University of Wisconsin: 2013-present
• Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Track & Field
University of Wisconsin: 2007-2013
• Assistant Coach, Women's Track & Field
Eastern Illinois University: 2005-2007
• Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Track & Field
Independence Community College: 2002-2004
• Head Coach, Men's Track & Field
• Assistant Coach, Football
Elizabethtown (Pa.) College: 2001-2002
• Assistant Coach, Men's Track & Field
Davis
Davis by the Numbers
Notable Athletes
Jenny Soceka - Big Ten outdoor pole vault record-holder; 2010 Big Ten outdoor pole vault champion and All-American; 9th at 2009 USA Championships; Team USA for 2011 Five Nations Match in Scotland
Megan Seidl - UW record-holder in indoor high jump; 6-time USA Track & Field championships qualifier; 3rd at 2011 USA Indoor Championships; ranked U.S. No. 4 U.S. and world No. 24 in 2011 (1.90); 2012 USA Olympic Trials finalist.
Dorcas Akinniyi - Eight-time All-American; 5-time Big Ten champion; Collegiate record setter indoor pentathlon high jump 6'.5" (1.84); Heptathlon silver medalist at 2010 NACAC U-23 Championships; UW pentathlon record-holder 4,299. Heptathlon personal best 5,733
Zach Ziemek - Two-time Big Ten decathlon champion; school record of 7,981 in the decathlon; three-time first-team All-American; 5.40 in the pole vault, 2.10 in the high jump and 7.73 in the long jump.
Jessica Flax - 3-time Big Ten champion, 4-time All-American; 2012 USA Olympic Trials qualifier; heptathlon silver medalist at 2012 NACAC U-23 Championships. UW record-holder in the heptathlon 5,826.
Deanna Latham - 2012 USA Olympic Trials Qualifier; Big Ten Pentathlon Champion 2014; School Record Holder 60m Hurdles (8.33), 100m Hurdles (13.27); Heptathlon runner-up at 2011 USA Junior Championships; heptathlon bronze medalist at 2011 Pan Am Junior Championships
Egle Staisiunaite - 2012 Olympian in 400-meter hurdles; UW record-holder in 100-meter hurdles; 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier (400H)
Chavon Robinson - UW record-holder in indoor and outdoor triple jump; 2010 Big Ten indoor triple jump champion and All-American
Japheth Cato - 2014 Big Ten Champion in the Indoor Pentathlon; Personal Bests of 5.53m (18.2.25") in the pole vault and 2.19m (7'2.25") in the high jump.
Coach of the Year Honors
• USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year - 2012 Outdoor
• USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year - 2010 Indoor
• USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year - 2010 Outdoor
Team Championships
• 6 Ohio Valley Conference championships
Individual Honors
• 2012 Olympian Egle Staisiunaite (Lithuania)
• 25 All-America honors
• 17 Big Ten Conference champions
• 19 USA Track & Field Championships qualifiers
• 6 USA Olympic Trials qualifiers
• 7 USA Track & Field Junior Championships qualifiers
• 10 international team members (3 medalists)
• 38 NCAA championships qualifiers
• 60 NCAA Preliminary Round qualifiers
• 3 Junior college national champions
• 21 Ohio Valley Conference champions
Records
• 14 University of Wisconsin records set
• 9 Eastern Illinois University records set
• 23 Independence Community College records set

Nate Davis enters his ninth year as an assistant track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin for the 2014-15 season.

Davis coaches the Badgers' men and women in the combined-events and high jump. In addition, "Coach Nate" serves as a USA Track and Field Level II instructor for the combined events, and is also one of only a few coaches to have earned both the USA Track & Field certified Level III accreditation and the IAAF Elite Coach certification in the jumping events. In his eight years as a Badger assistant, he has coached 17 Big Ten Champions and 25 All-Americans in the heptathlon, decathlon, high jump, pole vault, horizontal jumps and sprint hurdles. He has also had 6 athletes participate at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials and has had 10 athletes make international teams - earning three medals.

The notable performances in 2014 were led by Zach Ziemek. Ziemek won his second Big Ten Championship in the decathlon, and finished 5th in both the indoor heptathlon, and the decathlon during the outdoor season at the NCAA Championships. He finished fifth at the USA Championships in the decathlon and went on to represent Team USA at the Thorpe Cup in Marburg, Germany. Ziemek finished 5 decathlons in 2014 and broke the Wisconsin school record with a 7981 performance that was marked by a 25-4 1/4 (7.73m) mark in the long jump. Ziemek finished the 2014 season ranked 35th in the world in the decathlon.

Japheth Cato won his fourth Big Ten heptathlon title in 2014 in addition to setting a personal best in the high jump of 7-2 1/4 (2.19), and breaking the indoor school record in the pole vault, soaring 18-1 1/2 (5.53m) to become the first 18' pole vaulter in school history.

Georgia Ellenwood finished the 2014 season with a seventh-place finish at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon with a personal best of 5591 in the heptathlon. Ellenwood represented the Badgers at the NCAA Championships in 2014 where earned second-team All-America honors. In addition, she set a personal best of 5-10 (1.78m) in the high jump, the she marked her appearance with a 1.78 (5'10") performance in the high jump, which is tied for the seventh-best mark in program history.

Deanna Latham won her first Big Ten Championship in the pentathlon in 2014 with a score of 4,253 points, a personal best. She went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Championships in the pentathlon and 11th at the USA Championships in the heptathlon. She cracked the 5700 point barrier for the first time in the heptathlon in 2014, and went on to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Combined Events Challenge in Ottawa. This marked the second international team Latham has made. As a freshman, Latham achieved a runner-up finish in the heptathlon at the 2011 USA Junior Outdoor Championships and a bronze medal for Team USA at the 2011 Pan Am Junior Championships in Miramar, Fla.

Through the years, the Badgers have had several noteworthy performances under Davis.

Former Badger Egle Staisiunaite finished her stellar senior season by qualifying for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa in the 400 hurdles. She then went on to the 2012 Olympic Games in the 400 hurdles, as she represented her native Lithuania in London. Staisiunaite posted a personal-best time of 56.58 in the event at the European championships in Helsinki, Finland, to qualify for the Olympics.

Megan Seidl qualified for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships as a senior and broke a 14-year old school record in the high jump by clearing 6-0 3/4 (1.85m). She became UW's first champion in the high jump in 2009. She went on to a personal best of 6'3" (1.90) and a top 5 US ranking on her way to making the finals at the 2012 US Olympic Trials.

Chavon Robinson earned All-America honors, claimed a Big Ten championship in 2010 and posted a school record mark of 43-3 1/4 (13.19m) in the triple jump.

Monika Jakutyte won UW's first-ever Big Ten title in the indoor high jump and claiming All-America honors at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in 2011. Jakutyte finished her career with a best of 6' (1.83).

Jordan Helgren achieved a third-place finish in the triple jump at the USA Junior Championships with a 42-1 1/2 (12.84m) performance as a freshman in 2010. Helgren went on to finish her stellar career at the NCAA Championship final in Des Moines, IA.

Jenny Soceka won the Big Ten title in the pole vault and went on to finish eighth at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., to earn All-America honors. Soceka went on to break the Big Ten outdoor record in the pole vault with her clearance of 14-3 1/2 (4.36m). She competed in two US National Championships and finished as high as ninth.

In 2012, the Badgers trio of Dorcas Akinniyi, Jessica Flax and Deanna Latham put together an unprecedented performance in the combined events, sweeping the podium at the Big Ten championships in both the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon. Akinniyi finished second in the pentathlon at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships with a school-record performance of 4,299 points, which featured a personal-best and USA Olympic Trials qualifying mark of 6-0 1/2 (1.84m) in the high jump.

The trio of Flax, Akinniyi and Latham became the third set of teammates in NCAA history to score a top-10 finish in an NCAA heptathlon during the outdoor campaign. Wisconsin was the first program since 2001 to send three heptathletes to the NCAA championships. All three Wisconsin heptathletes posted Olympic Trials qualifying performances during the outdoor campaign, with Flax recording a school-record score of 5,826 points, Akinniyi logging a best of 5,733 and Latham scoring 5,606.

Flax finished her stellar outdoor career with a silver medal in the heptathlon at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Mexico. She punctuated her career at the meet with a personal-best run of 13.38 seconds in the 100 hurdles.

In all, Davis coached five athletes to six qualifying performances for the 2012 USA Olympic Trials. Former Badger Megan Seidl finished ninth in the high jump and Ayla Smith finished 12th (56.70) in the 400 hurdles.

At the 2010 Big Ten Championships the women jumpers, heptathletes, pole vaulters and hurdlers under Davis' charge accounted for 77.5 points at the Big Ten outdoor meet, and a total of nine of Davis' athletes went on to represent UW at the NCAA Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.

Akinniyi went on to finish ninth at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships and later claimed the silver medal in the heptathlon while representing Team USA at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Miramar, Fla.

Davis came to Wisconsin from Eastern Illinois University, where he served as the coach of the men's and women's jumpers, pole vaulters and multi-event athletes from 2005 to 2007. He coached 21 Ohio Valley Conference champions with the Panthers, while his athletes earned a total of 60 all-conference honors.

During his three years at EIU, Davis' athletes set nine school records and three conference championship records. Kyle Ellis set an EIU school record in the pole vault at 17-1 (5.21m), and Obe Eruteya finished sixth at the 2007 NCAA Mideast Regional in the triple jump at 51-0 1/4 (15.55m). He also sent two athletes to the USA outdoor championships, three athletes to the USA junior championships and qualified 12 athletes to the NCAA Mideast Regional.

Davis aided the Panthers to six Ohio Valley team titles (four for men and two for women), while two of his athletes were named the conference field event athlete of the year and one earned conference freshman of the year honors.

Davis also served as the head track and field coach and assistant football coach at Independence (Kan.) Community College from 2002 to 2004. In two years, he coached three junior college national champions, 10 junior college All-Americans and one junior college national record holder as Ryan Koontz jumped 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) in the decathlon high jump.

The Pirates set 23 school records and had a 10th-place finish at the national junior college meet, their highest ever. Under Davis' tutelage, Independence had three different high jumpers produce the top-three high jump marks in the NJCAA for 20 consecutive months.

Prior to Independence, Davis was an assistant coach at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, where he was the field events coach. He was also a teacher and assistant coach at Chinle (Ariz.) High School.

Davis graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He was a three-year letterwinner in football and set the school's all-time record in the decathlon. He earned his master's degree in health and human performance from Fort Hays (Kan.) State in 2004.

In 2011, Davis was credited with his work in the book "Special Strength Training Manual for Coaches" written by world-renowned expert in strength training Yuri Verkoshansky and his daughter, Natalia.

Davis and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Kobi-Ann (12), and a son, Maxon (6).

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