Cambridge, Mass. (June 1) -- MIT men's and women's track and field assistant coach Nick Davis has resigned to accept the women's track and field head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
"I would first off like to thank Nick for his four years of service to MIT and DAPER as an assistant track and field coach and PE instructor," said Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics. "This is a great opportunity for Nick and his family as he transitions into his position as a head coach and also brings his family home to Wisconsin and into the community at Wisconsin-La Crosse. We wish Nick and his family all the best."
Davis served as a track and field assistant coach with the Engineers from 2013-2017, where he worked closely with the vertical and horizontal jumpers. He has coached five United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Americans, four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, seven NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship qualifiers and 12 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship qualifiers. In addition, two of his student-athletes have been honored USTFCCCA Regional Field Athletes of the Year and two have earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Field Athlete and Rookie of the Year honors.
"I cannot put into words what this experience has meant to us," said Davis. "Since joining the staff at MIT, I have experienced tremendous professional and personal growth and have been challenged on a daily basis. MIT has a way of stretching people and pushing one toward excellence and it has been an honor to improve and grow alongside both my colleagues and the athletes. When I chose this profession, I was incredibly excited to be someone who can make a difference and a lasting impression on young athletes' lives. It has been an incredibly gratifying, fulfilling, and humbling experience to influence such dedicated, brilliant, and talented young men and women. What I didn't expect was the deep, indelible, impact the athletes, coaches, instructors, and staff would have on me. I am a much better professional and person because of the time I've spent here at MIT and for that I am forever grateful."
During his time at MIT, Davis has coached eight New England Division III individual champions and nine NEWMAC conference champions, along with 18 MIT school records and one MIT freshman record. In 2015 and 2016, Davis was honored as the USTFCCCA New England Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year and was also a 2015 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Athletics Hall of Fame inductee. As a student-athlete, he was a 10-time Horizon League individual champion in the high jump and javelin before embarking on his coaching career.
"First, I would like to thank Julie Soreiro for giving me the opportunity here at MIT," said Davis. "Her leadership has been inspirational and it has been an honor to serve as Assistant Track and Field Coach during such a successful time in MIT Athletics history. Secondly, I'd like to thank the athletes I've coached for their unyielding dedication to pursuing excellence. Their hard work has been nothing short of inspirational and has pushed me to be a better coach throughout my time here. I can honestly say that I did not take one day for granted working with these amazing young men and women. It has been quite the journey and I'm so glad to have shared it with all of them. Finally, I'd like to thank Halston Taylor for everything he's given me. It has been an honor to have been associated with such a great leader, mentor, coach, and friend. Halston taught me what pursuing excellence is truly about and the lessons I will take with me are more than I can count. He has been a true inspiration in my life and words cannot express how grateful I am for these past four years."
In addition to his work on the track, Davis developed and administered the team's Leadership and Mentorship Training, which emphasizes social support, team cohesion and performance enhancement. He is also active on committees both on the national level and at MIT, while also serving as mentor in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) Staff Mentoring Program.
"In four very short years, Nickolas Davis has brought much success to the Track & Field program at MIT," said MIT head coach Halston Taylor. "Through his passion, dedication and coaching ability he has transformed the jumping group into an extremely consistent and successful part of our program, garnering regional and national success. His passion and love of the team has permeated other event groups as well, bringing the teams closer together, facilitating even great success. I for one will miss all that he does and brings to our program. I wish him the greatest success at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. They are very fortunate to get Nickolas as the Women's Head Coach of Track & Field."
A 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Davis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a minor business. He then went on to his Master of Science degree from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007, also in kinesiology, as he posted a 3.99 grade point average.
MIT: Nick Davis has resigned as the men's and women's track and field assistant coach. He has accepted the women's track and field head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.