Flushing, N.Y. – Robert Davis has been named head coach of the Queens College men's and women's cross country and track & field programs, Assistant Vice President for Athletics, Dr. China Jude, announced on Tuesday.
Davis comes to Queens after spending four seasons at fellow NCAA Division II institution Virginia State University of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
"I'm ecstatic," described Davis. "I'm hyped. I am very happy and eager to get the season started, and happy to be a part of the Queens College Knights family. I want to thank Dr. Jude, the whole QC family, coach [Jerome] Robinson, coach Joe [Brancaccio], and everybody embracing me and being able to hit the ground running."
While at Virginia State, Davis served as an assistant coach for the Trojans' men's and women's track & field teams, with an emphasis on jumps and multi events, while serving as interim head coach for the track & field and cross country teams during the 2016 season.
"It's definitely been a great experience just coming into the whole program," Davis continued. "And I want to give a special thanks to Lydia Travis, who guided me through everything."
During his time with the Trojans, Davis coached 48 All-CIAA performers and five All-Americans. Virginia State had 12 CIAA outdoor individual champions and eight CIAA indoor individual champions. As interim head coach of the cross country program last season, Davis led the Virginia State men's team to a runner-up finish at the CIAA Cross Country Championships. Two of his runners placed in the top 10.
Prior to Virginia State, Davis coached at the high school level for four years. He served as an assistant coach for the track & field teams at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield, Va., before becoming head coach of the track & field and cross country teams at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Va. Davis coached four Virginia High School League (VHSL) state champions, and he also has had two qualifiers for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Under-23 Games during his coaching career.
Davis graduated from Virginia State in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in health & physical education, where he was an All-CIAA performer on the Trojans' track & field team. He also holds numerous coaching certifications from the USATF and USTFCCCA.
Provided by the Queens Sports Information Department.