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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Mar 11, 2021

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Rose-Hulman Defensive Coordinator Nick Davis. Coach Davis highlights the value of coaching Division III football, shares the significance of creating favorable matchups on the field, and discusses the importance of helping other coaches develop professionally.

Nick Davis enters his ninth season on the Rose-Hulman staff and his sixth year as defensive coordinator in 2020. He also currently serves as the strength and conditioning coordinator, and linebackers coach for the Fightin' Engineers. He was promoted to assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2018 season. Prior to his promotion to defensive coordinator, Davis served as special teams coordinator, video coordinator and running backs coach.

Prior to his stint at Rose-Hulman, Davis spent two years at Ottawa University on the defensive side of the football, where he coached defensive backs in 2010 and linebackers in 2011. Davis also previously served as a strength and conditioning football intern at the University of Michigan and Western Illinois University in 2010.

  • [1:01] Start of interview
  • [1:25] Wearing multiple hats
  • [4:44] Recruiting academic talent
  • [9:32] Promoting the program through social media
  • [13:10] Putting together a defensive philosophy
  • [17:13] Creating favorable matchups
  • [19:33] Effectively teaching defensive systems