Thabiti Davis Chosen For NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem State University wide receivers coach, Thabiti Davis, has been selected to participate in the 2016 NCAA and NFL Coach Academy, February 19th-21st, in Tampa, Fla.

Davis finished his second season as wide receiver coach and special teams coordinator for the WSSU, with the Rams claiming the 2015 CIAA Football Championship.

Davis is definitely no stranger to the city of Winston- Salem, as he had a successful career at nearby Wake Forest University (1994-96).  During his career, Davis was a standout Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) receiver under the guidance of head coach Jim Caldwell. In 1996, he ranked third in the conference in receiving with 60 receptions and was named to the All-ACC team by the Football News for his efforts.

Following his stellar collegiate career, Davis enjoyed a strong professional career that included stints with the New York Giants (2000-01), Barcelona (1999) and Berlin (2000) of NFL Europe, and spent five seasons as a wide receiver/linebacker in the Arena Football League. Upon realizing that he could not play forever, Davis started Transition Player Development (TPD) in 2005. TPD is a company that strives to deliver a continuum of consistent services designed to enhance a productive relationship between physical conditioning and athletic development. Davis created an avenue for educating and training athletes to be well rounded in physical conditioning and sport specific athletic preparation. This endeavor paved the way for his transition to the other side of the whistle.

The NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy provides current, full-time intercollegiate football coaches at NCAA member institutions, some who are former NFL athletes, to expand their knowledge and insight into the world of intercollegiate football coaching.

During the three-day academy, the NCAA leadership development staff and the National Football League Player Engagement are able to educate and train selected participants in a variety of areas that encourage effective coaching and improve student-athlete well being at both the intercollegiate and professional levels. Topical education and conversation during the academy may include: effective communication with campus and community constituents; the importance of building culture focused on the overall success of the student-athletes both on and off the field; budget management of a football program; coaching strategies and philosophies.

As a participant at this academy, Davis will gain knowledge from a variety of workshops and interactive-discussion sessions. You will also be able to network with individuals that include the other participants, NCAA and NFL staff and other key resources in the industry. Keynote speakers have included Arizona State head coach Todd Graham, Baylor University head coach Art Briles, legendary NFL coaches Dan Reeves and Dennis Green, NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, and Tyrone Willingham, former head coach at Notre Dame, Stanford and the University of Washington.