Greg Davis is the 14th head football coach in the history of the Northeast Mississippi Community College football program. He begins his fifth year overall on the Tigers’ staff in 2016.
Davis led Northeast to just its second-ever victory at Pearl River Community College during his inaugural campaign at the helm. He also had six players selected to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State team.
He specifically worked with sophomore linemen Dayon Davis and Lakendrick Preston, who both earned spots on the MACJC All-State lineup. Davis signed with the University of Arkansas at Monticello while Preston continued his career at the University of West Alabama.
A total of 27 former Tigers will suit up for four-year institutions this fall after coming through Northeast while Davis was either the headman in 2015 or offensive coordinator one year earlier.
Northeast also placed an emphasis on academics during his initial campaign at the helm. John Mark Howell and Tiberias Lampkin both represented the Tigers on the MACJC Academic All-State award list.
Davis helped in the development of standouts Brett Thompson and Trace Lee, who combined for 2,105 yards through the air as freshmen, during the 2014 season. That number is the most by any quarterback unit at Northeast in the past decade.
The Tigers under Davis finished among the top 25 offenses in the country in first downs per game with 17.9 and fourth down conversions with 12 this year. Northeast was also 10th in the nation with 16 red zone scores.
Three players that he directly influenced that year signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) with NCAA Division I universities. Lineman Justin Barksdale inked with Southeastern Louisiana University, tight end Chandler Dexter enrolled at Florida Atlantic University and running back Corbin White joined the University of Texas at San Antonio.
He served as the defensive line coach for the Tigers in 2013. With the guidance of Davis, Daniel Ross was picked as an MACJC All-State second-team selection and also signed a professional contract with the Canadian Football League's (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos.
Davis made his way to Booneville in 2012 after serving at Kentucky State University for two years. As the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Thorobreds, he helped lead a pair of running backs in Anthony Boykins and Shannon Frieson to 1,000-yard seasons in 2009.
While serving in Frankfort, Ky., Davis was chosen to attend the 2011 National Football League (NFL) and NCAA Football Academy at Disney's Boardwalk Inn. He learned how to improve and reinforce various aspects of securing, managing and excelling at various coaching positions at the collegiate level.
Before his stretch at Kentucky State, Davis was part of Sul Ross State (Texas) Univeristy's staff where he held the titles of offensive line coach and offensive coordinator as well. Davis preceded his stint with the Lobos by spending a pair of seasons in Arkadelphia, Ark., at Henderson State University.
It was during his time as the Reddies' offensive line coach that Davis made a name for himself. During his tenure at Henderson State, Davis had four linemen selected to the NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Team, three elected to the All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) Team and one tabbed an All-American.
Henderson State's Kurt Kutscher was also a finalist for the 2007 Gene Upshaw Award, which is given to the best offensive lineman in NCAA Division II, under the direction of Davis.
During the 2004-05 seasons, he found himself at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) member Upper Iowa University. Before becoming a Peacock, Davis was the offensive line coach and strength coordinator at Muskogee, Okla., based Bacone College.
He began his coaching career at Stephen F. Austin State (Texas) University. Davis then moved to Independence (Kan.) Community College where he served in multiple roles, including assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach.
He starred on the gridiron at Texas Christian University in the mid-1990s. Davis participated in the 1994 Independence Bowl and was named to the 1998 All-Sun Bowl Team after guiding the Horned Frogs to a 28-19 victory over the University of Southern California.
Davis signed with the practice squad of the NFL’s New York Giants following his senior campaign in 1999. He then returned to the Lone Star State and inked with the Arena Football League's (AFL) Houston Thunder Bears.
He saw action on both sides of the pigskin at center, nose guard and long snapper for the Thunder Bears. Davis made seven tackles and forced one fumble for Houston from 2000-01 while touring the country and squaring off against opponents such as the five-time AFL champion Arizona Rattlers.
While at Texas Christian, Davis completed a Bachelor's degree and later earned a Master's degree in family and consumer sciences from Stephen F. Austin.
Davis and his wife Karri, who served for three years as Northeast's cheerleading coach, have two sons, Reed and Rece.