June 17, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Pam Davis, who for the past four seasons has been the head women's tennis coach at East Tennessee State University, has been named head coach of the Wyoming Cowgirl program, Associate Athletics Director/SWA Barbara Burke announced today.
Davis becomes the second head coach in Cowgirl history, succeeding Kilmeny Waterman who resigned on June 1. Davis hiring will become effective July 1 and is subject to University Trustee approval, said Burke.
"We are very pleased that Pam has decided to join us here at the University of Wyoming," added Burke. "She brings experience and enthusiasm with her to the program and is very excited to begin. Pam has everything we were looking for, including a good overall knowledge of Division I tennis and experience recruiting in an international sport."
In her four seasons as head coach for the Buccaneers, Davis' teams compiled an overall dual match record of 41-34, 13-17 in the Southern Conference. Davis saw her team place sixth at the 1997 Southern Conference Championships and coached the team to their first ITA Rolex Collegiate national team ranking in the history of the program in 1998 - tied for 72nd. Individual Bucs also received national ranking under the guidance of Davis: Gloria Guntinas finished the 1997 fall season as 55th in the nation in singles, and teamed with Patricia Vega for a doubles ranking of 44th; both rankings are school bests.
"I am totally thrilled at this opportunity to move to a higher level," said Davis. "The people were incredible during my visit, and I'm confident that I have the necessary support to move the Wyoming program to the next level. I'm very excited to get there and get started."
Before coming to ETSU, Davis was an assistant coach for three years at her alma mater, Virginia Tech, where she earned an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology in 1993 and a master's degree in community health in 1995.
Davis was a two-year letterwinner in tennis for Virginia Tech from 1990-92. She was named the teams most dedicated player twice and ranked seventh in career winning percentage (.630) in singles. As a junior, she had an impressive 22-10 singles mark as well as a 17-9 doubles record. She finished her senior year with a 16-12 singles mark.
Prior to attending Virginia Tech, Davis was a nationally ranked singles player at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. In 1989, she earned a top 25 national singles ranking and was the Region X Champion. That same year she qualified for the ITCA Rolex National Indoors in Minneapolis, Minn., and was ranked sixth nationally in doubles.