Josh Davis continues his long association with the Jackrabbit football program as he begins his seventh season as wide receivers coach. In 2014, he added to his coaching responsibilities for the by serving as co-special teams coordinator.
Davis has been a member of the SDSU coaching staff for each of the Jackrabbits’ four playoff campaigns.
During the Jackrabbits’ 2009 playoff-qualifying season, Davis mentored a veteran group of receivers led by two-time second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection Glen Fox. The senior trio of Fox, Mike Steffen and Saunders Montague combined to account for 142 receptions, 1,875 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In 2010, Davis faced the challenge of working with a young receiving corps. Under his direction, Tyrel Kool was an honorable mention all-MVFC selection after recording 64 receptions for 808 yards — totals that both rank in the Jackrabbit top 10s for a single season.
Davis coached one of the top receiving tandems in the nation in 2011 as Dale Moss and Aaron Rollin each recorded 61 receptions and tallied more than 900 receiving yards apiece. Moss, who signed after the 2011 season with the Green Bay Packers, earned a spot on the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second Team, as well as being recognized on the MVFC All-Newcomer Team in his only year of collegiate football after four years of playing basketball. Rollin, meanwhile, was honored as an honorable mention all-MVFC selection.
In 2014, Davis again coached a dynamic receiving duo as Jake Wieneke (73 receptions for 1,404 yards) and Jason Schneider (60 receptions for 876 yards) were each named to the all-MVFC team. The MVFC Freshman of the Year, Wieneke set a Jackrabbit single-season record with 16 touchdown receptions and went on to earn All-America honors and finish as runner-up for the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Six players Davis has coached rank in the Jackrabbit career top 10 for receptions. Schneider moved into second place during his senior season in 2014 with 175 receptions. JaRon Harris and Fox rank fourth with 152 receptions, followed by Rollin (140) and Kool (138) in sixth and seventh. Brandon Hubert joined the top 10 during the 2013 playoff season, and currently stands ninth with 136 catches.
Also during the 2013 season, Scheider set an SDSU single-season record with 78 receptions. Schneider also became the first Jackrabbit to top the 1,000-yard mark in a season at the Division I level and was the first to reach the milestone since Davis 10 years earlier.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Davis previously served as a graduate assistant on John Stiegelmeier’s coaching staff during the 2007 season and also served as a student intern in 2006 while completing his bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation. He further gained coaching experience at the collegiate level by tutoring the wide receivers at Council Bluffs-based Iowa Western Community College in the spring of 2009.
A record-setting wide receiver at SDSU from 2002-05, Davis still holds the Jackrabbit career mark of 225 receptions, while his 3,192 receiving yards rank second on the program’s all-time charts. In addition, Davis holds the Jackrabbits’ single-game record with 16 receptions, a feat he accomplished against Western Washington in 2002. He recorded at least 40 receptions in all four seasons and led the team in catches three times, including 70 in 2002, a figure which ranks in a tie for second place on the Jackrabbit single-season charts.
Davis was a first-team all-North Central Conference selection in 2003 and was a second-team all-Great West Football Conference honoree in 2005, the Jackrabbits’ second season competing in the FCS ranks. Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Davis was named to the Coughlin-Alumni Stadium All-Time Team.
In addition to his coaching duties, Davis serves as the team’s pro liaison and organizes the team’s anuual pro day.