|Title:||Head Coach/Director of Rowing Program|
|College:||Florida Institute of Technology '78|
|Office Location:||Johnson Fitness Center|
Dr. Mike Davenport oversees both the women's and men's rowing programs and was appointed Washington's sixth women's rowing head coach in the summer of 1990.
The Shorewomen have captured three Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships under Davenport, in 2009, 2011, and 2013. He was named the conference's Coach of the Year in 2013 after securing the league's first-ever automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championships. It marked the first time in team history that the Shorewomen had earned a full team berth to the NCAA Championships. Washington finished sixth at the Championships, headlined by a fifth-place finish in the first varsity eight. Davenport was subsequently named the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Coach of the Year for Division III for the first time.
After several years of having the top-ranked team and/or boat in the Mid-Atlantic region, Davenport guided the Shorewomen's varsity eight to the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Championships in 2008. He was also named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year that same season. The Shorewomen returned to the NCAA Division III Championships the following year as the first varsity eight was again selected as an at-large boat.
Prior to arriving at Washington, Davenport was head coach at the University at Albany. Mike graduated from FIT in 1978, where he won several Dad Vail medals. After graduation, he was an assistant coach and was instrumental in FIT winning several national titles as well as the Dad Vail overall point trophy.
Davenport's coaching experience has extended well beyond the collegiate experience realm and onto the National Rowing Team. For two years, he was an assistant coach to the US Pre-Elite Heavyweight team. He spent the summer of 1991 in Cuba as a member of the Pan American team and was a member of the 1992-95 US World Championship teams. Most recently, Davenport was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta, GA.
A collegiate coach for 28 years, Davenport also serves as Washington's compliance coordinator and as an adjunct professor. Apart from his duties at the college, he wear several other hats. He is one of the founders of SportWork; has authored several books (Nuts and Bolts Guide to Rigging, Excel with the NCAA Bylaws, and Acid Reflux in Infants and Children); has spoken regularly at coaching conferences, workshops, and conventions; and is a primary educational consultant for USRowing.