Josh Davis joined the Georgia State baseball program as an assistant coach in September 2017 after four years as the pitching coach at Richmond.
In his first season with the Panthers, he worked with All-Sun Belt Conference pitcher Hunter Gaddis, who tied the school record with nine victories with a 2.95 ERA and 98 strikeouts, most by a GSU pitcher since 1997. Another pitcher, senior left-hander Brandon Baker, signed a free agent contract with the Texas Rangers.
Davis helped lead the Richmond program to back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016 while helping the Spiders secure recruiting classes that were ranked among the Top 100 in the nation both years.
During his time with the Spiders (2014-17), the program produced six professional draft picks or signees, including pitchers Keenan Bartlett (2017 31st round draft pick by San Francisco Giants), Tanner Stanley (2015 36th round pick by the Kansas City Royals) and Dylan Stoops (2015 free agent signee by San Diego Padres).
Before going to Richmond, Davis spent three seasons (2011-13) at Presbyterian, including the final two years as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time there, he helped the program improve its RPI more than 120 places, climbing to No. 133 in 2013.
In 2013, Presbyterian pitcher Bud Jeter was drafted in the 25th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, while a high school pitcher signed by Davis, Brad Keller, was an eighth-round selection by the Diamondbacks.
In his first year at Presbyterian (2011), while working with the team’s hitters, Davis coached first-team All-American and Big South Freshman of the Year Brad Zebedis, who hit .425 with 13 home runs as a rookie.
Davis began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Richland College in Dallas, Texas, helping the junior college program to back-to-back NJCAA World Series berths, highlighted by the 2009 NJCAA Division III championship. In his three seasons (2008-10) there, Richland compiled 126 victories and sent more than 30 players to four-year programs.
“We’re pleased to welcome Josh to our staff," head coach Greg Frady said upon his hiring. “He brings strong Division I experience recruiting and coaching, he is a natural fit as a Georgia native, and he comes from a family that is entrenched in professional baseball.”
Davis is the son of long-time Major League catcher Jody Davis, who played for the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves and is now the hitting coach for the Louisville Bats, the Triple A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
A native of Gainesville, Ga., Davis won three state titles at Gainesville High School. He began his college career at Virginia Tech, then moved to Tallahassee Community College for one year before lettering his final two seasons at Charleston Southern. He signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs organization.
“I would like to thank Coach Frady for this opportunity, and I am very excited to be back in the Atlanta area,” Davis said. “I am looking forward to recruiting the state of Georgia and the Southeast, and I am very happy to be part of a coaching staff that is highly invested in developing a program that helps its student athletes succeed on and off the field.”
Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Charleston Southern in 2005 and then added a master’s degree from Georgia Southern in 2009.
Davis is married to the former Erika Johnson.