header sweep at GCSU on April 10, 2010.
Mike Davenport Softball Career History
In 2009, Mike Davenport and the Saints posted a record of 50-5 on their way to the first of three-straight Peach Belt Conference Regular Season Championships, PBC Tournament Championships and NCAA Southeast Regional Championships to advance to their first-ever Division II College World Series. North Georgia spent all 12 weeks in the NFCA Division II Top-25, starting the year as the No. 11 team in the country, before moving up to No. 9 by week two, and rounding out the top-five by the third week. The Saints then spent the rest of the year in the nation’s top-five before grabbing the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking on May 6, 2009 in the final regular season poll of the year. The Saints finished the season third in the country in the final poll of year. In 2008, Davenport led his team to a 38-15 record, a third place regular season finish in the PBC, a runner-up finished in the Peach Belt Conference tournament, a runner-up finish in the NCAA South Atlantic Regional, and a final NCAA Division II ranking of 12. During the 2008 season, Davenport also picked up his 300th career win with a 3-2 extrainning victory over Lander University on April 2. Davenport led the North Georgia Softball Program to a 36-19 record overall and a 12-8 mark in the Peach Belt Conference during the 2007 season. During the 2005 season, he led the Saints to the Southern States Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship and the SSAC Tournament Championship. This marked the Saints fourth consecutive Conference Championship in a row and the program’s third consecutive Tournament Championship. He led the 2005 Saints to the program’s second consecutive National Tournament in Decatur, Ala. where North Georgia finished its membership in the NAIA with the Saints moving through the first round of the tournament with wins over the University of Mary, Point Loma University, and Aquinas College. The Saints advanced all the way to the quarterfinals with a first round win over Houston Baptist. North Georgia finished the season fifth in the NAIA National Tournament – the highest finish of any North Georgia athletic program since 1987. Davenport began his career at North Georgia with the women’s basketball team in 1996 as Assistant Coach and served in that role until 2000 when he took over the roll as Head Softball Coach in August. He served in that role as well as instructor in the HealthPhysical Education Department since. During his time with the North Georgia women’s basketball team, he helped guide the squad to three conference titles and three National Tournament (NAIA) appearances. Davenport was born on December 23, 1968 in DuQuoin, Illinois. While growing up in central Illinois, he played basketball and baseball at Peoria’s Richwoods High School before moving to Central Oklahoma and graduating from Guthrie High School (Guthrie, Oklahoma). After playing one year of junior college baseball, he focused his attention on coaching and joined the rich tradition of Cowboy Baseball at Oklahoma State University under head coach Gary Ward as a student-assistant. The opportunity to coach led him to Gainesville, Florida, where he spent three years as an assistant baseball coach at Santa Fe Community College under head coach Harry Tholen. Davenport received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Recreation from the University of Florida in 1994, and received his M.Ed. in Physical Education from NGCSU in 1998. Davenport is married to the former Melanie Ralston (Gainesville, GA) and the couple resides in Dahlonega, GA. They are the proud parents of Margaret “Isabella” (10) and Michael “Harper” (7).
(North Georgia Head Coach 2000-Present)
Peach Belt Conference Regular Season and Tournament Runners Up, NCAA Southeast Regional Runners Up, Final NCAA Division II ranking - #10
PBC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, NCAA Southeast Regional Champions, World Series Appearance, Final NCAA Division II ranking - #4
PBC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, NCAA Southeast Regional Champions, World Series Appearance, Ranked #1 all 12 weeks of the regular season, won 50 consecutive games, Final NCAA Division II ranking - #5
PBC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, NCAA Southeast Regional Champions, World Series Appearance, Final NCAA Division II ranking - #3
PBC Tournament runner-up, NCAA South Atlantic Regional runner-up, Final NCAA Division II ranking - #12
PBC, Fourth Place finish
PBC, NCAA Inaugural Year
Southern States Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions, NAIA Region XIII Tournament, NAIA National Tournament, Final NAIA National Ranking - #8
Georgia-Alabama-Conference Regular Season and Tournamet Champions, NAIA Region XIII Tournament, NAIA National Tournament, Final NAIA National Ranking - #10
GACC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, GACC Coach of the Year, GACC Female Sports Coach of the Year, NAIA Region XIII Tournament
GACC Champions, NAIA Region XIII Tournament
GACC - Third Place
The 2013 media guide for the University of North Georgia softball program.