Will Davis, a four-year (2004-07) LSU letterman as a catcher, enters his seventh season on the coaching staff after helping lead the Tigers to the 2009 national title, three College World Series appearances, two SEC championships and four SEC Tournament titles in the past six seasons.
He was promoted to volunteer coach in June 2008 after serving one season as coordinator of baseball operations.
Davis, a Baton Rouge native, coaches the LSU outfielders, and he serves as director of the Paul Mainieri/LSU Baseball Camps. He also works as the staff liaison to the LSU baseball Coaches’ Committee (booster club) and as the staff liaison to all former LSU baseball players.
The 2013 LSU outfield under Davis’ tutelage played remarkable defense, committing just one error in 68 games.
Davis coached first-team all-American Raph Rhymes, who led the NCAA in hitting in 2012 with a .431 average and was named first-team all-SEC in both 2012 and 2013. Davis coached in 2012 all-SEC performer Mason Katz, who launched a team-best 13 home runs as the Tigers claimed the league title. Katz was the fourth-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 MLB Draft.
Davis supervised the development in 2011 of first-team All-American Mikie Mahtook, the first-round MLB Draft selection of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Other prominent Davis pupils include outfielder Leon Landry, the third-round draft selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 and outfielder Jared Mitchell, the 2009 first-round draft choice of the Chicago White Sox.
Davis, who earned a secondary education degree from LSU in 2007, was a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. He earned an LSU master’s degree in kinesiology in May 2010.
Davis’ father, Randy, was an LSU graduate assistant coach under Skip Bertman from 1988-90, helping lead the Tigers to College World Series appearances in 1989 and 1990. Randy Davis later served as an assistant coach at South Carolina and as head coach at Louisiana Tech.
The Davis File
Year at LSU: Seventh
Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Education: LSU, 2007, B.A. in secondary education; LSU, 2010, Master’s in kinesiology
2009-Present LSU (assistant coach)
2008 LSU (coordinator of baseball operations)