The Boston Red Sox honored Sam Koch on Monday, May 19 when he threw out the first pitch against Kansas City.
Jon Davy is in his third season as an assistant coach for the University of Massachusetts men's soccer team. Davy's primary duties include coaching the team's goalkeepers, recruiting, coordinating the Massachusetts Soccer Academy, and day-to-day operations.
The Grimsby, England native came to UMass in June 2005 after a successful two-year stint as assistant coach at his alma mater, Lock Haven University.
"Jon's been a great addition to our program. He has a great soccer-mind and is probably one of the best assistants I've had as far as training and on the field coaching," said Koch. "He has done a great job with our goalkeepers and is a good trainer for that position. He always has different ideas and keeps the players motivated."
In Davy's first two years at UMass, the Minutemen defense has improved measurably. In 2006, the Maroon & White set a single-season school record with 10 shutouts behind keeper Zack Simmons. As a team, UMass gave up just 19 goals on the year which was 11 fewer than 2005 and 20 fewer than 2004. The team goals against average has also improved droping from a 1.93 in 2004 to 0.96 in 2006.
Davy's work with Simmons - a former walk-on - has the redshirt keeper on pace to set a school-record for career saves as well.
While playing midfield and forward on the Lock Haven soccer squad from 1998-2002, Davy collected 12 goals and 11 assists, and was a PSAC-Scholar Athlete. During his career, he was named an NSCAA All-Region and First-Team All-PSAC forward.
After graduating from LHU in 2002 with an undergraduate degree in recreation management, Davy also acquired a master of liberal arts degree and is currently working towards a master of education. He holds several coaching certifications including the NSCAA Premier Diploma and the NSCAA Premier Goalkeeping Diploma. He also maintains English FA "C" License, a Brazilian BRUSA "C" License, a Dutch KNVB Coaching Certificate, and is working towards his UEFA `A' License.
Davy also has several years of experience working with soccer summer camps at schools from around the country including UMass, Indiana, Bucknell, Lock Haven (Pa.) and Bloomsburg (Pa.).
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