|Alma Mater:||Wichita State '99|
Lane Davis, who joined the Blue Devils May 30, 2016, enters his third season with the Duke women’s soccer staff after spending three years at Saint Joseph’s. Davis brings more than 14 years of college coaching experience to the Blue Devils.
He is in charge of the goalkeepers, along with helping with video breakdown, scouting, alumni relations and team travel.
Davis oversaw one of the best defensive seasons in Duke women's soccer history in 2017, as the Blue Devils orchestrated one of the greatest seasons in school history, highlighted by 13 broken school records and the program’s fourth NCAA College Cup appearance. The Blue Devils amassed a program-record 23 victories in 2017 and went 10-0-0 in conference play en route to claiming the ACC regular season championship for the third time in history. Duke’s rewriting of the record book did not stop there, as it also set the school record for shutouts (18), home wins (15), ACC wins (10), ranked victories (9) ACC shutouts (8) and ACC goal differential (+20). Duke advanced to its 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance and 14th in the last 15 seasons, while also being awarded with the second No. 1 seed in school history, with the other coming in 2011. For their success, Davis and the rest of the DWS staff were named the United Soccer Coaches National Staff of the Year, the first time in program history a DWS staff has received the honor.
Davis and senior captain EJ Proctor led the way for a Duke defense that was top 10 nationally in goals against average (0.38) and with a school record 18 shutouts. Davis' leadership also helped Proctor etch her name throughout the DWS record book, as the First Team All-ACC selection finished her career with a school best 35 shutouts, 0.65 GAA and nine shutouts in NCAA Tournament play. The Wilson, N.C. native also owns three of the top four spots in single-season shuouts and GAA, setting the school records in 2017 with 14 clean sheets and a 0.35 average. Proctor also stood out in the classroom as well, earned United Soccer Coaches Second Team Scholar All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
In his first season in Durham, Davis helped the Blue Devils produce 11 shutouts. Proctor was Davis' go-to in goal, as she produced 10 of Duke's 11 clean sheets, finishing third in the ACC and 17th nationally. Proctor turned in a .639 goals against average (4th ACC, 22nd NCAA) and a .797 save percentage (6th ACC), helping lead the Blue Devils to an NCAA quarterfinals appearance.
Over his three years with Saint Joseph’s, Davis has helped develop the Hawks into one of the top backlines in the Atlantic 10. Goalkeepers accumulated 22 shutouts over the time, including eight in each of the last two years. Under his guidance, Davis helped goalkeeper Allison Ebling set the program record for wins in a season (11), while tallying eight shutouts en route to helping Saint Joseph’s to a third place finish in the A-10 as well as back-to-back conference tournament appearances.
Prior to arriving at Saint Joseph’s, Davis served as an assistant at UMBC. In the fall of 2012, he helped goalkeeper Lauren Kadet earn America East All-Conference Second Team honors and defender Amira Walcott garner All-Rookie Team accolades.
Davis also spent three seasons at George Washington (2009-11). During his tenure as an assistant coach with the Colonials, he was responsible for working directly with the goalkeepers while also serving as recruiting coordinator. George Washington had three players selected to Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams during Davis’ three seasons, while the Colonials earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award recognition every year.
Davis began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Kansas. Over his three seasons with the Jayhawks, he helped guide the team to a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. In 2004, Kansas won its first Big 12 title, made its second-straight NCAA appearance and achieved a No. 6 ranking during the year.
Following Kansas’ success in 2004, Davis took over as an assistant at Missouri State. Focusing on goalkeeper and defensive improvement, he helped the Bears’ goalkeeper Jackie Jasper to a First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, while defender Kate Hercules was named Defensive Player of the Year in the MVC.
After his successful stint with Missouri State, Davis joined U.C. Riverside as recruiting coordinator and goalkeeper coach for two seasons. While with the Highlanders, he helped goalkeeper Brittany Goetz lead the Big West and set the team’s single-season record for saves (135) in 2008.
Davis has been a member of several state Olympic Development Programs, including with Region II ODP where he has been the head goalkeeper coach for various age groups. He has earned the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and has both a National “A” License and National Goalkeeping License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
Prior to coaching, Davis played collegiately at McPherson before suffering a career-ending knee injury as a freshman. He transferred to Wichita State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in exercise physiology in 1999. Davis would go on to receive his master’s of education in sports administration from Kansas in 2002.