Sarah Davis is already the winningest volleyball coach in The College of Wooster history with 191 victories (191-172), and now going into her 13th year, she looks to position the program for a run back up the highly-competitive North Coast Athletic Conference.
Davis has five top-three finishes in the NCAC to her credit, highlighted by vaulting into second-place in the conference standings in 2008, which marked the Fighting Scots’ highest finish since 1985 and resulted in NCAC Coach of the Year honors. Additionally, Wooster has three 20-win seasons during her tenure, with a high mark of 22-10 coming in 2011.
Davis has coached an AVCA third-team All-American (Ali Drushal in 2008), a first-team Academic All-American® (Kelley Johnson in 2012), an NCAA Div. III statistical champion (Zoe Zwegat in blocks in 2013), and 15 different all-conference players.
Off the court, Davis fosters an atmosphere focused on academics and service. The Scots have earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association “Team Academic Award” 10 of her 12 years, the most of any NCAC school during that stretch, and the team annually participates together in a significant service project each year, highlighted by a six-day trip to Costa Rica in 2012.
Davis came to the area following a three-year stint as the assistant at the University of Wis.-La Crosse. There, she helped guide the Eagles to a 75-24 mark (.758), highlighted by advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2004 NCAA Div. III Championships and a final ranking of No. 9 in the AVCA poll that year.
Prior to that, Davis spent two seasons in the NCAC as a member of the staff at Earlham College, first as an assistant coach during 2002 and then as interim head coach of the Quakers for the 2003 campaign.
Additionally, Davis was the head coach of an Athletes in Action volleyball team that toured Latin America in June 2003 and led service projects to rural Appalachia during the summers of 2000-03.
A native of Gilbert, Iowa, outside of Ames, the former Sarah Edwards was a multi-sport athlete at Luther College, earning eight varsity letters in volleyball, softball, and indoor track & field. She was a right-side hitter and defensive specialist on the volleyball team. In softball, Davis was a four-year starter in the outfield and named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association “Scholar-Athlete.” Academically, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Luther (2000) and a master’s degree in exercise sports science from Wis.-La Crosse (2006).
She and her husband, Wes Davis, an assistant soccer coach with the Scots, reside in Wooster with their daughters Nora (10), Eliza (7), and Lillian (2).