Mark Davis, who came to New Haven in the summer of 2006, brings 13 years of coaching experience to Yale as the freshman heavyweight coach. Davis was the head men's rowing coach at the University of California at San Diego the last three years. His crews won five medals at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, while UCSD won the overall points trophy at the 2006 WIRA championship for the first time in the program's history. Prior to UCSD, Davis was the assistant women's rowing coach at the University of Texas at Austin. Davis, who spent three years at Austin, helped elevate the Texas program to its first bid to the NCAA Championship regatta in 2003. Texas finished 12th in the nation that year, its best performance ever. From 1996-2000, Davis was the head men's and women's rowing coach at Colby (ME) College. He transformed a struggling club team to an elite Division III varsity program. His crews won medals at the New England Championships, Dad Vails, Champion Regatta, IRAs, and the Head of the Charles. Davis began his coaching career at his alma mater, Hobart College, where he studied under his mentor and former Yale coach Jim Joy. A 1993 graduate of Hobart, Davis earned a B.A. in United States history and was captain of the crew.