Emmanuel College is pleased to announce the hiring of Link Davis as our new women's wrestling coach. The women's wrestling program will begin in the Fall of 2015 as EC's newest intercollegiate sport. This is very exciting news for Emmanuel as Davis is a very well respected coach within the collegiate and Olympic wrestling community.
Davis' previous college coaching experience is well documented as he served as assistant wrestling coach for Oklahoma City University, where he has helped build its women's wrestling program into a national powerhouse. Under Davis' guidance, OCU won two consecutive WCWA Women's national team titles and they finished second at the national tournament the following season. In three seasons, OCU women's wrestlers won eight individual WCWA national titles and four OCU women's wrestlers qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Nate Moorman, Athletic Director at Emmanuel, is very familiar with Davis' coaching successes. Nate and his brother Jason were instrumental in founding the women's wrestling program at King University while Davis was at OCU. "I am excited to bring Link to Franklin Springs, Georgia because his vision is to create a program that will compete at the national level year after year, and I know that Link will succeed. Women's college wrestling is a rapidly growing sport and Emmanuel is excited to be a part of it."
Davis, about his coming to Emmanuel, says "I am coming into Emmanuel looking for student-athletes that are not only searching for a great education but who are also looking to wrestle at the highest level possible, to showcase their wrestling abilities beyond a college environment."
Davis has also been an integral part in coaching the U.S. Senior women's team, which competed at the 2010 Canada Cup and the 2010 Junior World team, competing in Hungary. He also helped coach a WCWA college team which competed at the Spanish Grand Prix. Davis has coached a number of other teams that have competed in Canadian tournaments.
As a college wrestler, Davis was a member of Central Oklahoma's 1996 NCAA Division II runner-up squad.
He is married to Kristie Davis, a two-time World champion and nine-time World medalist in women's freestyle wrestling, and a member of the 2010 U.S. World Team. They have three children - Bryleigh, Kayla, and Lilly.
"I want to thank Nate, President White, and the search committee for giving me this opportunity. God has had a hand in this process and I look forward to creating something good here in Georgia."