NEW LONDON, Conn. – Mitchell College has named Marc Davis as head coach of the women's soccer program, as announced by Director of Athletics Dana Fulmer Garfield on Monday.
Davis, who will make his collegiate head coaching debut with the Mariners, has spent the past four seasons as an assistant for the Mitchell men's soccer program. He also has coaching experience at both the high school and club levels.
"We are thrilled that Marc is taking over the women's soccer program," said Fulmer Garfield. "He brings a wealth of soccer experience at the international, club and collegiate levels, and over the past 10 years he has built strong connections in the local soccer community. His leadership and coaching have played an important role in the recent success of our men's team, and I'm confident that he can bring our women's program to that same level."
Davis takes over a program that went 1-14-0 in 2018 and last produced a winning season in 2011. The Mariners are slated to return 12 letterwinners from the current roster following the graduation of two seniors.
"I am very excited about the chance to be the head women's soccer coach at Mitchell College," said Davis. "I would like to thank Director of Athletics Dana Fulmer Garfield and the rest of the search committee for giving me this amazing opportunity. I believe in the importance of hard work and am fully committed to the development of both the person and the player. I look forward to using all my knowledge and experience in order to help this team succeed and accomplish its goals, both on and off the field."
During his time with the men's program, Davis helped Mitchell to a 20-9-0 record in New England Collegiate Conference play and four straight trips to the NECC Championship. The Mariners advanced to the title game in both 2017 and 2018, highlighted by the program's first-ever conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, Davis assisted the Montville High School program from 2010-15. He helped the Indians capture three Eastern Connecticut Conference Division 'M' titles, an ECC Tournament championship and a Connecticut State championship. During his tenure he also worked with three All-American players.
Davis is one of the longest-serving coaches of the premier youth level with Southeast Soccer Club, working with multiple teams since 2008. Many of his former players are currently playing at the collegiate level: Olivia Ferrara (College Of The Holy Cross), Halle Anderson (UMass Lowell), Katherine Pettersen (American International College), Jenna Peduzzi (University of New Haven), Allison Bruehwiler (Western New England University) and Mia Londregan (Marymount University), among many others.
Originally from Southampton, England, Davis moved to the United States in 2008. In his time in England he worked for Southampton Football Club (of the English Premier League) in their Girl's Center Of Excellence program, and was charged with developing players to compete at the national level. He holds certifications from England, most notably the UEFA B License, and has recently started the educational pathway in the United States, with the D License from the United States Soccer Federation. Additionally, he holds goalkeeper certifications from both the English Football Association and National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Davis received a bachelor's degree in sports studies from the University of Southampton in 2005. In his playing days he competed on the Hampshire County Schools Representative team from 16 years of age to 18 and then played semi-professionally for Eastleigh FC. He currently resides in Waterford, Conn.