Julie Davis was named the University of Maine at Farmington Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation in 2000. Under her guidance, the department has enjoyed enhanced student-athlete and community support in the area of facilities, scheduling, sports medicine, sports information, strength and conditioning and educational programming. In addition to her role with varsity athletics, Davis also oversees the University's Fitness and Recreation Center.
Relying on a strong foundation of quality coaches, Davis oversees one of Maine’s most successful athletic departments from both a competitive and academic standpoint. Since 2003, Farmington athletic teams have captured 17 North Atlantic Conference onference championships. Davis also places a strong emphasis on equal success in the classroom and that success has shone through in each of the last eight seasons as Farmington has led its conference in the number of scholar-athletes awards each year.
Davis has also focused significant attention towards the well-rounded development of student-athletes, promoting healthy living, leadership development and community service through grant-supported programs that resulted in the University being awarded three competitive and significant grants from the NCAA, including Choices, PIR and SAMGI.
Davis has skillfully guided the department through a series of planned transitions that resulted in full membership in the NCAA Division III North Atlantic Conference. In her second year, she served as the president of the Maine Athletic Conference and was selected as the conference's Athletics Director of the Year. She played an instrumental role in founding the Sunrise Conference and has since been an active member facilitating the growth and development of the North Atlantic Conference. The NAC facilitates equitable and competitive scheduling for all Farmington varsity programs, while continuing competitive rivalries with high quality NCAA Division III competition in the state of Maine. In 2010, Davis was awarded the NCAA Division III Administrator of the Year Award from Women Leaders in College Sports, (NACWAA).
Prior to Farmington, Davis amassed 20 years of successful experience in intercollegiate athletics. Previously, she served as administrator, faculty member, and coach at several Midwestern institutions. Immediately prior to joining UMF, she was assistant manager of a comprehensive personal training department at Life Time Fitness, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, and a management consultant specializing in small college athletics, athletic/fitness facility design, risk management and gender equity.
Her experience includes eight years at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where she was associate athletics director and director of club, intramural, and recreational sports. She played a major role in the development of Carleton's $15 million recreation and fitness center. In addition, she has coached women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, field hockey, and softball at other institutions. She was the conference and region men's and women's tennis coach of the year for the NIAC and NAIA District IX and recognized for teaching excellence by her students and peers while serving as faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in physical and elementary education from Bethany College in West Virginia, where she graduated cum laude as a three-sport varsity athlete. She obtained her master’s degree in exercise science from Marshall University, W.V., and completed the course work and comprehensive exams toward a doctorate in athletic administration at the University of Iowa. Julie is a NIRSA Certified Recreation and Sport Specialist and is a long standing member of the Women Leaders in College Sports, formally known as NACWAA.