Gail H. Davis
Year Inducted: 2016
Gail H. Davis spent 25 years in the Rhode Island College athletic department from 1976 until her retirement in 2001. In 1976, the Philadelphia, Pa. native landed at Rhode Island College where she became the college’s first female administrator and also coached. Little did Davis know then that would be her final career move for the next quarter of a century.
During her tenure, Davis coached both the softball and women’s tennis teams, but she will always be remembered for her coaching of the women’s gymnastics team. Davis was also active from the beginning with the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW), helping create championship events for collegiate women’s sports in Rhode Island.
She twice served as RIC’s Interim Director of Athletics, in 1980-81 when then A.D. Bill Baird took the College’s Development Officer’s position for a year and a half, and then again for an amazing three-year stretch from 1992 until 1995. It was during that time period that she helped guide RIC Athletics through perhaps its most difficult hour when Walsh Gymnasium burned down in January of 1992. As RIC rebuilt its athletic program, Davis was involved in the design and planning of The Murray Center, the current home of RIC Athletics.
When Director of Athletics Don Tencher came on board in 1995, Davis resumed her duties as an associate athletic director and focused primarily on athletic compliance
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University in 1963 where she participated in gymnastics, field hockey, basketball, softball and swimming. She also earned her master’s degree in education in 1970 from Southern Connecticut State University.
She is retired and currently resides in Ocean City, N.J.