|Pittman Finalizes Staff|
MOSCOW, Idaho—With the soccer season fast approaching, the final piece of the 2014 Idaho soccer coaching staff has been put in place. Josh Davis has joined the Vandals staff and will help coach the goalkeepers, head coach Derek Pittman announced.
“I am very happy to have Josh join our coaching staff within the Vandal soccer family,” Pittman stated. “His coaching philosophy and work ethic match up nicely with my vision for this program. I know he will work tirelessly to challenge our student-athletes on and off the field.”
Davis, who turns 30 later this month, comes to Idaho after spending the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Davis served as the Mastodons’ goalkeeper coach and recruiting coordinator. Under his tutelage IPFW set a school record in 2013 for most shutouts in a season (five). Davis has heavily involved with fundraising, monitoring the team’s academics, video editing, and the team’s soccer camps.
“Josh is an experienced coach that will push our goalkeepers to be the hardest working players on the team and improve our team’s overall defensive organization,” Pittman added. “He has deep recruiting roots and contacts in California, which will prove valuable as we continue to broaden our recruiting footprint across the West Coast.”
Davis has six years of collegiate coaching under his belt, spending time at his alma mater Cal State Fullerton, Whittier College and Cal State San Bernardino, prior to joining IPFW. He has also spent extensive time in coaching club level soccer and the Cal South Olympic Development Program.
Davis earned his National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Coaching Diploma and is an NSCAA Associate Staff Member for Coaching Education. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from CSU Fullerton and has a masters in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University.
He replaces former assistant coach Ashley O'Brien. She spent three years at Idaho and served as interim head coach prior to Pittman’s hire. O’Brien accepted a coaching positon at Brown University in June.
Davis and his wife, Ali, have two boys—Cole (6) and Wyatt (2).
Soccer will begin practice next week and will play its Silver & Gold game on Aug. 10. The Vandals open the regular season Aug. 22 at Seattle U and will host Texas Christian at home on Aug. 24.