Robert Davis was named head coach of the Queens College men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs in August of 2017.
Davis enjoyed a great deal of success in the 2019 season, specifically in track and field as the Knights were the East Coast Conference runners-up on the men's side of the outdoor championship meet. Queens recorded 22 All-Conference nods in the ECC Outdoor Track and Field Championship with Pavan Bhat registering three All-ECC First Team nods in his debut campaign. Diana Cruz concluded her stellar career at QC with victories in the 500-meter run in the indoor track and field championship as well as winning the 400-meter run at the outdoor championship. The 2018-19 season also featured five All-Conference nominations in the indoor track and field championship as well as seventh-place finishes on both sides of the ECC Cross Country Championship meet.
In his first season with the Knights, Davis sized up the competition in the ECC with seventh and eighth place finishes in the cross country and track and field championships.
Davis comes to Queens after spending four seasons at fellow NCAA Division II institution Virginia State University of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
While at Virginia State, Davis served as an assistant coach for the Trojans’ men’s and women’s track & field teams, with an emphasis on jumps and multi events, while serving as interim head coach for the track & field and cross country teams during the 2016 season.
During his time with the Trojans, Davis coached 48 All-CIAA performers and five All-Americans. Virginia State had 12 CIAA outdoor individual champions and eight CIAA indoor individual champions. As interim head coach of the cross country program last season, Davis led the Virginia State men’s team to a runner-up finish at the CIAA Cross Country Championships. Two of his runners placed in the top 10.
Prior to Virginia State, Davis coached at the high school level for four years. He served as an assistant coach for the track & field teams at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield, Va., before becoming head coach of the track & field and cross country teams at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Va. Davis coached four Virginia High School League (VHSL) state champions, and he also has had two qualifiers for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Under-23 Games during his coaching career.
Davis graduated from Virginia State in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in health & physical education, where he was an All-CIAA performer on the Trojans’ track & field team. He also holds numerous coaching certifications from the USATF and USTFCCCA.