Six-person class represents five sports and contributor
Hawks post the best mark in the league for eighth straight year.
Dedicated alumna was an asset to athletics for decades
Hawks will now wear Nike apparel, accessories, equipment and shoes.
UMES earned an 88-percent graduation rate from 2005 through 2008
2015 "The Harry's" (Photo by Lloydlee Heite)
UMES Athletics participates in Relay for Life on Sept. 19 at Perdue Stadium.
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Keith S. Davidson can be credited with arguably the most impressive tenure in recent Hawks Athletic history. Academically, Hawk Athletics have won nine straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) graduation success rate awards for having the highest percentage of student-athletes graduating of any conference school.
Megan Buja from women's bowling won a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-America awards and three straight NCAA Elite 89 awards, the highest academic award presented by the NCAA. Prior to her, fellow bowler Kristina Frahm earned the same awards once, giving Davidson (three) academic All-Americans and (four) Elite 89 recipients.
Athletically, the Hawks have won five National Championships, all in women's bowling, in his tenure and tallied 12 MEAC Championships between. Since being appointed in 2006, UMES has been awarded 47 All-American selections.
He also lobbied, successfully, for the induction of four former football greats into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In the community, the Hawks have amplified their community service efforts, including championing such causes as The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, The Town of Princess Anne's clean-up project "Street Sweep" and holding Wee Hawk Youth Camps for the community, affecting more than (400) area youth each year.
Under his guidance in 2007-08 the Hawks captured the 2008 NCAA National Championship in Women's bowling. It was the first NCAA title in school history and the program would add two more (2011, 2012). The 2008 team was the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to ever win a women's national championship.
Two of his teams were also runners up to the MEAC title (volleyball and women's outdoor track and field). Because of that, the women's teams at UMES finished second in the conference's All-Sports Award. Beyond wins and losses, the athletic department made several other leaps, including expanding the media relations staff, resurfacing the court in the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center twice, dedicating a top-notch women's bowling facility on campus, improvements to outdoor facilities such as baseball, softball and tennis and even adding a men's golf team to give UMES 15 Division I sports.
He is also responsible for constructing a new area for academics, including a renovated study hall and restructuring of the division. His commitment to academics has kept the Hawks at or near the top in academic performance for HBCU schools. When he first started, Davidson's impact was felt immediately by the University. In 2006-07 UMES captured its second straight MEAC Championship in Bowling and made it all the way to the finals of the NCAA Bowling Championship before losing to Vanderbilt University. With that appearance, UMES became just the fourth HBCU team to make it to a National Championship.
From September 2001 to May 2003, Davidson was the Compliance Officer at Texas Southern University. In that multifaceted position, he coordinated and organized all phases of the compliance program including NCAA Athletics Certification, secondary and major NCAA rules violations, initial and continuing eligibility, financial aid, recruitment, and letters of intent. He also authored the department's gender equity plan. Davidson was the Assistant Athletic Director for Student Affairs at the University at Buffalo from January 1995 to March 1997.
He graduated from Lincoln (Pa.) University in 1985 with a B.A. in history. He earned his M.A. in political science in 1989 from the University of Central Oklahoma. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Davidson has one son, Drew (19) and resides in Berlin, Md.
By The Numbers
5 National Championships in Women’s Bowling
17 Total Conference Championships
40 All-American performers (women’s bowling, men’s basketball, men’s track & field, women’s track & field)
8 straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Graduation Success Rate Awards
3 Academic All-Americans
1 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar of the Year award winner and numerous nominees
5 NCAA Elite 89 Award Winners
10 successfully hosted conference championships
2 successfully hosted NCAA Regional Cross Country Championships
3 National Coach of the Year recipients
2 National Player of the Years (women’s bowling, men’s basketball)
1 MEAC Man of the Year recipient
4 MEAC Woman of the Year recipients
1 finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year
2 sports added to department (men’s and women’s golf)
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