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BYU-Hawaii soccer: West Jordan's Mark Davis to coach both soccer programs at BYU-Hawaii

By Kenny Cox

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013 2:46 p.m. MST

LAIE, Hawaii – The BYU-Hawaii athletic department announced Mark Davis as head coach of the women's soccer team, effective immediately. Davis will continue to serve as the head coach of men's team and lead both programs.

"I am very excited to work with both programs now," Davis said. "The women's program has been extremely successful the past few years and this is an awesome opportunity to take over that tradition of winning. I am living a dream right now and am grateful for all the opportunities I have been given"

From West Jordan, Utah, and a graduate of BYU-Hawaii in 2011, Davis just led the men's team to its best season in school history in his first full season as the head coach.

The Seasiders won nine matches, tying the program record for wins, accomplished for just the third time at the school. At 9-3-4 and 7-2-3 in Pacific West Conference play, BYU-Hawaii finished fourth in the conference, narrowly missing out on an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Defensively, the Seasiders were of the best in the nation. BYU-Hawaii shutout eight of its 16 opponents on the year, including eventual conference champion Fresno Pacific in a 3-0 victory for the Seasiders. BYU-Hawaii finished the 2013 season No. 12 in shutout percentage, No. 17 in goals against average, No. 24 in saves percentage and led the PacWest in several defensive categories.

The women's program won its final eight matches in a row to finish 9-4-2 but will lose nine seniors from the squad. Davis will need to add several pieces to keep the momentum from 2013 into the new campaign.

"Recruiting is what wins games. You can't win games without good players," Davis said. "I am excited to get out there and find the right girls for this program. There are lots of girls out there that will want to play for our winning tradition at BYU-Hawaii."

Davis joined the Seasider coaching staff in 2012 as a co-head coach before taking the reins all to himself in 2013.

Davis has been playing and coaching soccer for most of his life. He wrapped up his playing career with one season as a Seasider in 2011. Prior to his time at BYU-Hawaii, Davis played at Iowa Western College where, as team captain, he led the team to a conference championship in the regular season in 2009.

He played with several clubs including Utah Football Club and the Utah Rangers, winning a State Cup Championship in the U-18 age group in 2005 with the Rangers. He also played in the Utah State Olympic Development Program for four years.

Davis attended Copper Hills High School where he started on the varsity squad all four years and served as team captain for two.

He served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tampico, Mexico.

Davis and his wife, Natalie, have a 1-year-old son, Dax.

Kenny is a BYU graduate, currently working as the sports information director at BYU-Hawaii. Contact him at kenny.cox@byuh.edu and follow him on twitter @KennyCoxKC

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