Nate Davis
Nate Davis

Assistant Coach - Pole Vault, High Jump, Multi Events

6th Season

Nate Davis Photo Gallery

Assistant Coach - Women's Track & Field
Seventh Season

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 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
Dorcas Akinniyi - 5-time All-American; 3-time Big Ten champion; heptathlon silver medalist at 2010 NACAC U-23 Championships; UW pentathlon record-holder
Chavon Robinson - UW record-holder in indoor and outdoor triple jump; 2010 Big Ten indoor triple jump champion and All-American
Jessica Flax - 2-time Big Ten heptathlon champion, 2-time All-American; 2012 USA Olympic Trials qualifier; heptathlon silver medalist at 2012 NACAC U-23 Championships
Deanna Latham - 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)
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)
• 14 All-America honors
• 12 Big Ten Conference champions
• 17 USA Track & Field Championships qualifiers
• 6 USA Olympic Trials qualifiers
• 7 USA Track & Field Junior Championships qualifiers
• 4 U.S. national team members (3 medalists)
• 26 NCAA championships qualifiers
• 51 NCAA Preliminary Round qualifiers
• 3 Junior college national champions
• 21 Ohio Valley Conference champions
• 9 University of Wisconsin records set
• 9 Eastern Illinois University records set
• 23 Independence Community College records set

Nate Davis is in his seventh year as an assistant track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin for the 2012-13 season.

Davis coaches the Badgers' combined-event athletes, high jumpers and pole vaulters.

From championships to awards to records, Davis' athletes enjoyed another tremendous season in 2012.

The Badgers trio of Dorcas Akinniyi, Jessica Flax and Deanna Latham put together an unprecedented performance in the combined events in 2012, sweeping the podium at the Big Ten championships in both the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon.

Akinniyi won her third-straight pentathlon title indoors, while Flax repeated as Big Ten champion outdoors in the 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.

Akinniyi followed that performance with a personal-best 45-9 1/4 (13.95m) in the shot put to put her on her way to her third-consecutive All-America performance in the pentathlon.

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, finishing fourth, eighth and 10th, respectively. Wisconsin was the first program since 2001 to send three heptathletes to the NCAA championships.

Flax and Latham then went on to compete at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials.

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.

The jumping events again were strongly represented for the Badgers at the NCAA outdoor championships, as Monika Jakutyte qualified for her second-consecutive outdoor national meet in the high jump. In addition, senior Jordan Helgren qualified for the NCAA meet in the triple jump to cap a stellar career for the Plymouth, Minn., native.

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.

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.

The 2012 season also saw Davis coach former Badger Egle Staisiunaite 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.

For the stellar performances of his athletes, Davis was named 2012 Great Lakes Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, marking the third time he has received the honor from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The 2011 season was a banner year for UW's jumpers, as well. Jakutyte led the way by securing 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.

Staisiunaite set new standards for Wisconsin's hurdlers by setting UW records in both the indoor 60-meter hurdles (8.47) and outdoor 100-meter hurdles (13.45). Staisiunaite finished her stellar senior season by qualifying for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Akinniyi defended her Big Ten title in the indoor pentathlon -- her third-consecutive Big Ten multi-events title overall -- and went on to finish fourth at the NCAA indoor championships to earn a second-straight All-America award in the event. Outdoors, Flax claimed the league's heptathlon title ahead of freshman teammate Deanna Latham, who took fourth in her first conference meet.

Flax and Akinniyi capped their seasons by each securing All-America laurels at the NCAA outdoor championships. Akinniyi took sixth place for the fourth honor of her career, while Flax finished seventh earn her first All-America citation.

Latham's rookie season concluded with 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.

The 2010 indoor season included a number of notable accomplishments by the Badgers in the field events. Senior Chavon Robinson earned All-America honors, claimed a Big Ten championship and posted a school record mark of 43-3 1/4 (13.19m) in the triple jump.

Akinniyi also scored an All-America performance and a grabbed a Big Ten title in the pentathlon. In addition, 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).

The 2010 outdoor season was also very successful for the Badgers, who finished third to post their highest finish at the Big Ten championships in a decade on the strength of outstanding performances by Davis' athletes in the field events.

Senior 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).

Akinniyi followed up her indoor accomplishments with her first Big Ten championship in the heptathlon and a fifth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She 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.

Seidl followed up her indoor season with an appearance at the NCAA outdoor championships and an impressive seventh-place finish at the USA championships.

In all, the 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.

The 2009 season saw several notable accomplishments for the Badgers under Davis' direction. The high jump proved a strong event for the Badgers in 2009. Seidl went on to finish seventh at the 2009 USA Indoor Championships during her redshirt season, and Jakutyte posted the second-best performance in the NCAA among freshmen with her season-best and NCAA regional qualifying jump of 5-10 3/4 (1.80m).

In addition, at the 2009 USA Junior Championships, Helgren achieved a personal best of 42-1 1/2 (12.84m) and a third-place finish in the triple jump as a freshman. The highlight of the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships came from Soceka, who finished ninth overall in the pole vault with a clearance at 13-9 1/4 (4.20m).

In his first season, Davis coached Seidl to the Big Ten championship outdoors, as well as All-Mideast Region honors and a berth in the NCAA outdoor championships.

Davis also guided Robinson to a runner-up finish at the Big Ten outdoor championships and an outdoor school record in the triple jump at 43-3 1/4 (13.20m) in 2008.

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. Davis was also a two-time conference runner-up in the pole vault.

He earned his master's degree in health and human performance from Fort Hays (Kan.) State in 2004, and Davis is a USA Track & Field certified Level II coach in the jumps and throws.

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 (10), and a son, Maxon (5).

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