BATON ROUGE -- LSU head soccer coach Brian Lee announced the addition of Willie Davis Jr. to his coaching staff on Sunday as Davis will serve as a volunteer assistant coach with the Tigers beginning in the 2009 season after serving as an assistant coach at the Division II level for the past three seasons.
Davis comes to LSU following a successful four-year stint as an assistant coach at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, N.H., where he helped lead the men’s program to the NCAA Division II national title in 2007. He also served as an assistant coach with the women’s program at FPC in 2007.
While helping the Ravens win the national championship in 2008, Davis also helped guide the team to an NCAA Division II runner-up finish in his first season with the program in 2005.
“We’re very excited about the addition of Willie Davis to our coaching staff this season,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “Willie brings a wealth of experience to our team and will be a tremendous asset to our program as we look to make a run at the Southeastern Conference championship this fall. He has enjoyed great success at the Division II level, and he will surely help our team compete at a high level this fall.”
Davis’ roots are in the state of Louisiana as he has been a club coach in the state for nine years, including a four-year tenure with the Baton Rouge Soccer Association.
Prior to his move to Franklin Pierce College, Davis founded the Rage Futbol Federation premier girls’ club team in Lafayette, where he served as head coach from 1998-2001. He then became a full-time club trainer with the BRSA in 2001 before being promoted to the Director of Player Development in 2005.
While working with the BRSA, Davis has helped lead the club to five State Snickers Cup championships and a pair of Region III semifinal and Region III quarterfinal appearances.
“I’m very honored to have the opportunity to work as a member of the coaching staff here at LSU and am looking forward to working with these girls that have helped make this a top-20 program,” Davis said. “It is a privilege to continue in the tradition that Brian Lee has built in his four years at LSU, and we all hope to make a run at the SEC championship with the talent and experience returning this season.”
In addition to his work as a club coach in the state of Louisiana, Davis served as the head coach of the girls’ varsity team at St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette in 2003 and 2004. He guided the team to a pair of LHSAA Division II state finals appearances while being named a two-time District Coach of the Year and All-Acadiana Coach of the Year during his tenure.
Davis played collegiately at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette from 1994-96, which was formerly the Southwestern Louisiana University, while serving as team captain. He currently resides in Baton Rouge with his wife, Eva, and daughter Syrianna. They are expecting their second child in January.