July 12, 2012
CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati women’s soccer head coach Michelle Salmon announced Thursday the hiring of former University of North Carolina-Greensboro assistant coach Sandy Davison as a volunteer assistant for the 2012 season.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have someone like Sandy Davison join our staff,” said Salmon. “She has impeccable character; she’s a tremendous person and, obviously, a fantastic soccer coach. She brings a great deal of experience. She’s a tremendous on-field coach and is well-respected in the soccer community. This is a win-win situation; she gets to come on board of a really strong BIG EAST soccer program and we get to tap into all the resources that she brings with her.”
Davison joins the Cincinnati staff after spending the 2011 season as an assistant coach at UNC-Greensboro, where she served as recruiting coordinator and compliance liaison. Additionally, she oversaw scout and team game-day preparation; analyzed and broke down game video; and coordinated team and individual player training programs with the UNCG strength and conditioning staff.
The addition of Davison, along with last week’s hiring of former University of South Alabama assistant Michael Crane, completes Cincinnati’s 2012 coaching staff.
“We’ve rounded out our staff with the addition of Michael (Crane) and now Sandy. I feel like we have all the pieces in place to make a run at the BIG EAST,” Salmon said. “I know our players have been working extremely hard in the offseason. With the season being 2 ½ weeks away, I couldn’t be happier with where we’re sitting right now.”
The Bearcats report for training camp July 31 and open the 2012 season Aug. 17 at Elon University.
Prior to her stint at UNCG, Davison served as the girls' divisional director for the U-16 through U-18 age groups of the Sereno Soccer Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. from 2009 to 2011. While with Sereno, Davison coached a pair of teams ranked in the top 25 nationally and won multiple state championships.
For much of the last decade, Davison has worked at U.S. Soccer Youth and U.S. Club Soccer National Team ID camps, and joined the U.S. Soccer Scouting Network Staff in 2010. Davison was also a longtime U.S. Youth Soccer ODP regional staff coach, a U.S. Soccer U-14 Girls National ID Camp staff coach and an ODP team coach in multiple states.
Davison has worked extensively with club teams in soccer-rich areas of Texas, Georgia, Florida and California. After several years with Challenge Soccer Club in Houston, Davison was recruited back to the program to assist with developing and growing the Challenge South Soccer Club, an offshoot in south Houston whose membership quintupled in one year under Davison's guidance.
She also directed the girls' portions of Space City FC in Houston; the Weston (Fla.) Fury Soccer Club; the Pleasanton (Calif.) Rage Soccer Club; and the Davis (Calif.) Youth Soccer Club; and was a division director for the Tophat Soccer Club in Atlanta, Ga.
Throughout her career, Davison has developed and trained players who have gone on to play in the former WUSA and with youth national and regional teams. She has also had great success facilitating the college process for prospective student-athletes.
A licensed physical therapist assistant, Davison holds a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license. She attended Sacramento State University from 1984-85 after spending two years at Pfieffer College in Meisenheimer, N.C.