The George Washington University: Men's Rowing

Mark Davis
Mark Davis

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
5th Year

E-mail/Phone Number:
mrd@gwu.edu -- (202) 994-0777



05/14/2013

GW Men's Rowing Becomes First GW Students to Graduate in Class of 2013

Five Student-Athletes Enjoy Special Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday

05/14/2013

GW Men's Rowing Becomes First GW Students to Graduate in Class of 2013

Five Student-Athletes Enjoy Special Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday

04/21/2013

GW Men's Rowing Freshmen 8 Captures Gold at SIRA Championships

Colonials Freshmen Boats Wins Gold for Second Straight Year

03/22/2013

GW Men's Rowing Races Northeastern on First Day of Penn Invite

Colonials Deal With Rough Conditions

03/21/2013

GW Men's Rowing Opens Spring Season on Friday at Penn Invite

Colonials Open Season Against Northeastern, Georgetown, Penn

Davis Brings Experience, Enthusiasm to Men's Rowing Program

Mark Davis enters his fifth year as head coach of the men's rowing team at The George Washington University in 2013-14.

Davis led the Colonials' Varsity 8 boat to a 15th-place finish at the 2013 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship, tying the program's best performance at the event. As a whole, the program finished in second place in the Clayton W. Chapman Award standings, which is awarded to the most improved team in the nation. The Freshmen 8 totaled 27 points and finished 10th overall in the nation with a fourth-place showing in the Petite Finals. The Varsity 8 added 20 points for a 15th-place finish. The 47 points is a 29-point improvement from GW's performance at the 2012 installment of the IRA National Championships and placed them behind only Northeastern (36-point improvement) in the Chapman Award standings.

Davis led the Colonials to seven wins and two gold medals at the 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships and a fourth-place finish at the GW Invitational during his third season at the helm of the program. With their gold-medal performance in the Varsity 8 at the SIRA Championships, the Colonials earned and invitation to the prestigious Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship.

In his second season the Colonials had the honor of racing Brock University of Ontario in the petite final of the inaugural Potomac Challenge Cup. In the closest race of the two-day event GW was edged by Brock by just two-tenths of a second on the Potomac River.

Under Davis's direction the Colonials totaled 10 top-five finishes over two days at the 2011 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., advancing to the Grand Finals in the Varsity 8, JV 8 and Varsity 4.

At the 2011 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships, the Colonials won the Gold Medal in the Varsity 4 Petite Final.

In his first season at the helm, the GW men's rowing team notched a first place finish (out of 14) at the Occoquan Chase and a seventh place finish (out of 43) at the Princeton Chase. Under his guidance the team also captured the McCausland Cup, winning a showdown with the University of Pennsylvania.


Davis came to Foggy Bottom from Yale University, where he spent three seasons as head coach and lead recruiter of the Heavyweight Freshman Men's Rowing team in New Haven, CT.

While at Yale, Davis' Freshmen Eight finished in the grand finals of the Eastern Sprints all three seasons. His freshmen eight in 2008 also finished fourth at the IRA Nationals. Davis brings 16 years of coaching experience to George Washington.

Davis also was the head men's rowing coach at the University of California at San Diego for three years prior to his stint at Yale. His crews won five medals at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, while UCSD won the overall point trophy at the 2006 WIRA championship for the first time in the program's history. Prior to UCSD, Davis was the assistant women's rowing coach at the University of Texas at Austin.

While at Austin, Davis spent three years helping to elevate the Texas program to its first bid to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship in 2003. Texas finished 12th in the nation that year, its best performance ever.

From 1996-2000, Davis was the head men's and women's rowing coach at Colby (ME) College. He transformed a struggling club team into an elite Division III varsity program. His crews won medals at the New England Championships, Dad Vails, Champion Regatta, IRAs, and the Head of the Charles.

Davis began his coaching career at his alma mater, Hobart College, where he studied under his mentor and former Yale coach, Jim Joy. A 1993 graduate of Hobart, Davis earned a B.A. in United States history and was captain of the rowing team.

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