Athletics Administrator & Coach, 1970-93
Davenport served as Ferris State's Athletics Director from 1979 to 1993 when the Bulldogs won the GLIAC President's Cup for all-around excellence 13 consecutive years. A coach and administrator at FSU for 23 years, Davenport's career was highlighted by the growth and success of athletics and the recreation/intramural program at Ferris. The Bulldogs won a total of 73 league championships during his tenure and he was instruemental in the planning of the FSU Sports Complex, the growth of women's intercollegiate athletics, the emergence of Ferris' NCAA Division I men's ice hockey program and the development of the athletics scholarship program. A Central Michigan graduate, Davenport's career in education spanned 36 years. He served as head boys basketball coach at Traverse City High School and was an assistant at both CMU and Cal-State Northridge before becoming AD and head coach at Iowa Wesleyan College. He moved to Ferris in 1970 as an assistant to head coach Jim Wink and was an athletics coordinator along with developing the recreation and leisure curriculum. He also served the university as director of the health, physical education and recreation program from 1977 to 1979 when he was appointed athletics director. Davenport was a leader in the NCAA, serving on the nominating and men's sports committees. In addition, he was on the honors committee, basketball rating and selection committee and the scholarship committee. He also served as president of the CCHA, MIFC and the GLIAC. While at Ferris, Davenport hired a number of present Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame coaches including Dan Ley, Monica Folske, Gary Waters, Kathy DeBoer, Jud Folske, Jim Miller, Ron English, Lewis Garner, Keith Otterbein and Jill Hirschinger. As an assistant basketball coach at Ferris, Davenport helped the Bulldogs post a 167-76 overall mark from 1970-79. He also served as a consultant to the FSU men's basketball program for several years during retirement. The Charlevoix native still resides in Big Rapids along with his wife, Joyce.