Glenn Davis (sports broadcaster)

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Glenn Davis is an American sports journalist and broadcaster, college and professional soccer player, and youth soccer coach.

Playing[edit]

Davis grew up playing youth soccer in New Jersey under the tutelage of Scottish coach Tom MacDonald. In college, Davis was an NAIA All American at Davis & Elkins College and also played a season at Boston University. As a professional Davis was a central defender with the Pennsylvania Stoners, Houston Dynamo, Columbus Capitals (indoor) and Albany Capitals. Davis reached the American Soccer League final in 1983 with the Stoners only to lose to the Jacksonville Tea Men who were coached by former Manchester United striker Dennis Viollet. One year later after moving to the Houston Dynamo he would end up in United Soccer League final only to lose to Ft. Lauderdale in a shootout and former England Captain Dave Watson who scored the game winner. Davis also played in the Marlboro Cup with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers who finished third after beating Alianza of El Salvador. He had interest from Aris in Greece after playing in an exhibition match in New York against Olympiakos but a move overseas never materialized. He played in matches against teams like Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, UNAM Pumas, Glentoran, Linfield, and others. Davis spent time in the off-season training at Sheffield United.

Broadcasting[edit]

Davis began his broadcasting career in 1994 on Home Sports Entertainment (HSE) as an analyst for the Houston Hotshots indoor soccer team. He now is a nationally recognized soccer broadcaster having been a part of ESPN‘s World Cup coverage in 2002, 2006, 2010 and NBC Olympic coverage during the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 games.

During his career he has called games in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Germany. At the start of Fox Sports World (now Fox Soccer Channel) he was a regular calling twice weekly Serie A games from Italy. He has called CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF Gold Cup and various tournaments internationally. Davis is a rarity in that he is a former professional soccer player that transitioned from the role of analyst to play by play which he believes gave him a different perspective.

Radio Davis hosts Dynamo All Access on Yahoor Sports 1560 and Soccer Matters on ESPN 790 AM. He originally started his radio show on 90.1 KPFT public radio in Houston. Davis used the platform to promote the sport and the return of professional soccer to Houston, which ultimately occurred with the San Jose Earthquakes being re-located to Houston in December 2005. He also created a Dynamo post-game radio show, modeled after other pro sports teams' show, which takes place live outside BBVA Compass Stadium after games.

Writing[edit]

Davis was a twice weekly columnist for the Houston Chronicle for seven years helping to create awareness for the game. He maintains the website GlennDavisSoccer.com which provides fresh content daily. He has also written columns for Fox Sports Houston and Espn online.

Coaching[edit]

Davis helped form the Hurricanes soccer club with former teammate Tony Johnson. He helped run the club over 12 years as a director with numerous players moving to the college and professional ranks. Davis established relationships with Mexican Clubs Atlas and Monterrey while utilizing local men's leagues to play his best players. Numerous Mexican clubs would come to Houston to compete including Atlas, UNAM, Monterrey and more. Five players were members of the Uconn National Championship team of 2000. Davis had an USSF “A” coaching license.

Personal life[edit]

Davis is committed to the fight against Children's Cancer creating “Kick Cancer” soccer camps that take place in December each year with all proceeds going to cancer research and benefitting the Texas Children's Hospital through the 501 C Charity Curing Children's Cancer Fund (cccfund.org). Davis credits the entire soccer community for providing their expertise, time and experience to growing KICK CANCER yearly. Davis sits on the board of Curing Children's Cancer Fund and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Davis and Elkins College in 2006. His brother Conn was a college All American goalkeeper who was drafted by the Washington Diplomats of the NASL but had career cut due to knee injury. His niece is Ralph Lauren model Hannah Davis.

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