"We are excited to have a coach of Larry Davis' knowledge and experience on board as we start this new venture," Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore said. "Larry is well respected and connected in the rowing community and brings immediate respect to our program."
Davis is charged with building Alabama's varsity program from the ground up. Rowing is Alabama's 21st sport and the first to be added to the Crimson Tide's roster since softball in 1996.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge of developing women's rowing at The University at a varsity level," Davis said. "I believe that, in time, Alabama will become one of the premier programs in the country."
Davis, who has been involved in rowing for the better part of 40 years, including 25 as a coach, has been the head coach of the Alabama Crew Club since 1998. Under his direction the club program won the women's pair event in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships as well as both the lightweight women's eight event and the women's club four event at the Head of the Chattahoochee Regatta, the largest regatta in the south and the second largest in the United States. In addition to his duties with The University's club team, he has served as the Director of Wellness and Aquatics at the YMCA of Tuscaloosa County.
"I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with the students of The University of Alabama club crew program over the past eight seasons," Davis said. "They have impressed me with their work ethic and character. Coaching the club has also provided me the opportunity to discover what a great institution The University of Alabama is."
From 1981-93 he was head coach of varsity crew at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he also served as the school's compliance officer. He led Marist to wins at the MAAC Championship Regatta and the New York State Small College Championships. He was also head coach of the University of Alabama Huntsville's varsity crew program from 1977-81.
He was an assistant coach for the United States Men's National Rowing team in 1983 and served as team manager in 1987. The 1983 National Team competed at the World Championships in Germany and the Pan American Games in Venezuela. The 1987 squad competed in the World Championships in Denmark. The men's eight won gold at the 1983 Pan Am Games and at the 1987 World Championships.
As an athlete he rowed for Washington-Lee High School in Virginia where he was a member of the last varsity eight to win gold at the Royal Henley Regatta in England. Collegiately he rowed at the University of Virginia, winning numerous competitions including the Mid-American Championship, Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. The Cavaliers also finaled at the Dad Vail Small College Championships three years, earning a bronze medal in 1971.
He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia in 1973, followed by a master's in counseling in 1977 from UVa. Davis is married to the former Vicki Barnes of Madison.