Springfield, Mass. - May 9, 2017 - Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson, is pleased to announce that Matthew Davis '08 G'10 has been named the head men's gymnastics coach at Springfield College.
A former All-American gymnast at Springfield College, Davis returns to his alma mater and will serve in a teacher coach capacity for one of only 16 intercollegiate men's gymnastics programs that compete within the NCAA.
"By having a former Springfield College student-athlete and graduate assistant coach rejoin us on Alden Street, I know that our men's gymnastics program is in very capable hands to continue to compete at an elite level," described Poisson. "Throughout the interview process, it became very apparent that Coach Davis is an incredibly hard worker and I know that our student-athletes will benefit with him at the helm of the program."
Davis competed at Springfield College from 2004-2008, earning USAG All-America honors in the pommel horse in 2005. A two-year captain, Davis was an exemplarily student-athlete, earning USAG Academic All-America honors all four years with the Pride. After graduating with a degree in Sport Management, Davis returned to Springfield where he worked as a graduate assistant coach with the men's gymnastics program while earning his Masters degree in Athletic Administration.
"I am beyond excited and honored to have been chosen as the next head coach for the Springfield College Men's Gymnastics program. I would like to thank Dr. Poisson and the search committee for giving me this amazing opportunity. Dr. Posner has set a high standard for the gymnastics program, and it is one to which I will continue to aspire. I cannot fully put into words what it means to be returning to a place that is so close to my heart," said Davis.
During his time as a graduate assistant coach with Springfield, Davis was tabbed the 2009 USAG Tri-Assistant Coach of the Year and was instrumental in the planning of the 100th Springfield College Gymnastics Exhibition Show, as well as the 2010 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Women's Gymnastics National Championship.
"I am grateful for the chance to work with current and future student-athletes, and to pass on my passion for not only the sport of gymnastics but for the importance of achieving academic success. As former Springfield College gymnasts, our program is truly a tradition of excellence," said Davis. "I know the number of people who have worked tirelessly to make this program what it is today, and I look forward to building up the groundwork they laid."
Since leaving Springfield, Davis has worked in a variety of capacities within the gymnastics world at the club and high school levels, highlighted by a pair of Massachusetts state titles.