Jody Davis, Coastal Carolina University’s Director of University Recreation

Wednesday the Carolina Forest Rotary Club was joined by Jody Davis, a nationally recognized tennis coach and current volunteer assistant for the Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team.

The current Director of University Recreation came to Coastal Carolina University in 1992 as a faculty member with experience teaching at Emory University and The Citadel. In 1995, Former CCU President Ron Ingle approached Davis to take over the tennis team for one year. After agreeing to the one term, Davis continued in the role for another sixteen.

Responsibilities of directing recreation on campus include overseeing the HTC Recreation Center, the William-Brice Gymnasium, campus swimming pools, and the athletic practice fields.

Davis shared multiple college sports statistics and trivia facts. One fact being that cheerleading is one of the fastest-growing sports in America due to parents putting their children in gymnastics and dance. Coach Davis also shared the importance of intermural, club sports, and children’s travel ball driving sports tourism and economic opportunities for local municipalities.

COVID19 has impacted University recreation. Students are getting outdoors more and are checking out more outdoor equipment like paddleboards and kayaks. Virtual fitness classes are also very popular with CCU students, especially the yoga classes. Thank you Coach Davis for leading today’s program!