Justin Davis is in his ninth season at the Naval Academy and his fifth working with the outside linebackers.Davis worked with the outside linebackers in 2007 before moving to the defensive line from 2008-11.
Navy has compiled a record of 70-46 (.603) in his eight years in Annapolis, beating Army all eight times, earning seven bowl bids, winning four bowl games, winning five Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and beating Notre Dame three times.
Navy finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, qualified for a bowl game for the 11th time in the last 12 years, won a bowl game for just the ninth time in school history (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl), won a bowl game in back-to-back years for the second time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 13th consecutive year. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo (57-35, .620) became the all-time winningest coach in school history in 2014, passing George Welsh, when Navy defeated Army for a record 13th-consecutive time. The victory over the Black Knights also made Niumatalolo the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to start his coaching career 7-0 against the other Academy.
The Navy defense finished 32nd in pass defense, 37th in interceptions and 38th in the country in red zone defense in 2014.
Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year.The 2013 squad is just the fifth in Navy history to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game. The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved that feat.
The Navy defense held eight of its 13 opponents below their scoring average for the season.Navy opponents averaged 29.9 points on the year, but just 24.4 points against the Mids. They finished 27th in the country in red zone defense and 40th in scoring defense and pass defense.
Davis helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
The win over Army marked Navy’s 11th consecutive victory over its biggest rivals.Other big wins for Navy in 2012 included a come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Indiana and wins over bowl bound East Carolina (56-28) and Central Michigan (31-13).
Outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel was named a First-Team Academic All-American and was named to the All-Independent Team by a nationwide media panel.
Navy was 5-7 in 2011 that included a series record 10th-straight victory over Army. The Mids played seven teams that finished with a winning record and six that went to bowl games. The Mids finished 15th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.8).
The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army for a series-record ninth-consecutive time, defeated Notre Dame in consecutive seasons for only the third time in school history and appeared in a school-record eighth-consecutive bowl game.The Mids gave up just 23.3 points per game, which was the 46th best scoring defense in the country.
The 2009 season was one to remember, as the Mids tied a school record for wins with 10, won a school-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran its winning streak against the other two Service Academies to an amazing 15 straight games.The Mids capped the season off with a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl.The defense finished 18th in the country in scoring defense (19.4 points per game) and sixth in red zone defense.
In 2008, Navy posted an 8-5 record, including a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy’s first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985.Navy also beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks (Rutgers and Wake Forest) for the first time since 1981 and defeated a program-record four bowl teams.The Mids won a sixth-straight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy with wins over Air Force and Army.
The 2007 season was a historical one as well as the Midshipmen posted an 8-5 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game and defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.
Davis came to the Naval Academy after serving as a graduate assistant at Toledo for two seasons, assisting with the secondary under defensive coordinator Tim Rose.
Davis also coached under Rose as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech and served for one season at Wagner College, where he coached linebackers.
A native of Rome, N.Y., Davis was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Maine from 1998-2001 where he played linebacker. As a senior, the Black Bears won an Atlantic 10 championship and a berth in the Division I-AA playoffs.
Davis received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Maine in 2001, and earned his master’s degree in exercise science from Louisiana Tech in May of 2005.