Saint Mary’s University athletic director Brian Sisson announced Monday that Chad Davis has been named the new head women’s hockey coach.
Davis, who spent last season spearheading the launch of a program at Milwaukee School of Engineering, comes to Saint Mary’s after spending two seasons as the head women’s coach at NCAA Division I Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was named College Hockey America (CHA) Coach of the Year after the 2018-19 season.
“We are thrilled to have Chad lead our women’s hockey program and our amazing student-athletes,” Sisson said. “His many years of experience as a head coach, developing student-athletes, and taking programs to new heights will be great for our program and our students.
Prior to his stint at RIT, Davis put together a stellar resume at NCAA Division III Adrian College, where he amassed a 150-37-10 record in seven seasons with the Bulldogs. Davis won the NCHA regular-season championship in four consecutive seasons (2015-18) and captured the conference tournament title three times (2016-18). His teams also made three consecutive NCAA tournament trips from 2016-18 and finished as the national runners-up in 2017. Davis was named the AHCA/CCM Coach of the Year during the same season.
“I would like to thank Athletic Director Brian Sisson, President Father Burns, and the entire hiring committee for the opportunity to lead the women’s hockey program at Saint Mary’s University,” said Daivs, who inherits a team that finished 8-15-2 a year ago. “I look forward to meeting the team and beginning the championship process. My family and I are excited to be a part of the Winona community.”
Davis played at NCAA Division I American International College, appearing in 52 games as a goaltender from 2001-04. He also played professionally with the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League, before starting his coaching career, which began with stops at American International and Robert Morris.