Associate Head Coach
Josh Davis returns for his third season at Idaho, after helping the Vandals to their best year in program history in 2015. Davis will be serving in a new role in 2016, after being elevated to associate head coach in the offseason.
Idaho had an incredible season in 2015, setting a number of program records on both sides of the ball.
Davis developed the Idaho offense into the top scoring offensive unit in the conference. The Vandals scored 23 goals in Big Sky play, the most in the league, and set a new program record with 44 goals. Idaho also set program records for assists (56) and points (144).
Kavita Battan had a breakout junior season, scoring 10 goals and finishing with 25 points. Both are the third most in a single season in program history. For her efforts, Battan earned First Team All-Big Sky accolades as well as NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team honors. Oliva Baggerly also improved under Davis, doubling her offensive output as a sophomore. Clara Gomez had a tremendous first season with the Vandals, recording a Big Sky record 13 assists.
As a team, the squad set program records for fewest goals allowed, lowest goals against average, lowest opponent shot percentage and most shutouts. In Big Sky play, the Vandals allowed just four goals in 10 games, winning the regular season conference championship for the first time with an unbeaten record of 9-0-1, the best in league history.
Davis tutored freshman sensation Amanda Poertner in her first season with the Vandals. Poertner thrived, setting the Idaho record for most shutouts in a season with nine and earning Big Sky Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors.
During his first season with the Vandals Davis worked primarily with the goalkeepers and the defensive unit. Under his tutelage sophomore goalkeeper Torell Stewart had a breakout season, setting the program record for saves in a season with 113. Stewart finished the year third in the conference with 5.65 saves per game, including two shutouts in Big Sky play.
Davis came to Idaho after spending the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Davis served as the Mastodons’ goalkeeper coach and recruiting coordinator. Under his tutelage IPFW set a school record in 2013 for most shutouts in a season (five). Davis was also heavily involved with fundraising, monitoring the team’s academics, video editing and the team’s soccer camps.
“Josh is an experienced coach that will push our goalkeepers to be the hardest working players on the team and improve our team’s overall defensive organization,” Pittman added. “He has deep recruiting roots and contacts in California, which will prove valuable as we continue to broaden our recruiting footprint across the West Coast.”
Davis has seven years of collegiate coaching under his belt, spending time at his alma mater Cal State Fullerton, Whittier College and Cal State San Bernardino, prior to joining IPFW. He has also spent extensive time in coaching club level soccer and the Cal South Olympic Development Program.
Davis earned his National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Coaching Diploma and is an NSCAA Associate Staff Member for Coaching Education. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from CSU Fullerton and has a masters in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University.
Davis has two boys—Cole and Wyatt.
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