Steve Davenport

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Steve Davenport
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1967-05-03) May 3, 1967 (age 49)
Atlanta, Georgia
Playing career
1985–1988 Georgia Tech
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005–2010 UAB (RB)
2011–2013 Savannah State
Head coaching record
Overall 2–20

Steve Davenport (born May 3, 1967) is the former head football coach at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia.[1]



Davenport is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree (1990) and a master's degree (1994).[1]

Playing career[edit]

Davenport was an All-American wide receiver at Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur, Georgia.[2] In college, he was a three-year starter at wide receiver, and a four-year letterman, for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from 1985-88. He was a member of the 1985 Yellow Jacket team that defeated Michigan State in the All-American Bowl.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Davenport was hired as a defensive backs coach at Southwest DeKalb High School (1990–91). He served as a graduate assistant coach at Georgia Tech during the 1992 and 1993 seasons under head coach Bill Lewis. During this assignment he was an assistant wide receivers coach, served as the assistant recruiting coordinator, and was responsible for the defensive scout team during practices.[1]

He returned to Southwest DeKalb to become the offensive coordinator in 1994, a position he held until 1996. During this tenure, the Panthers won the 1995 Georgia State AAAAA championship. In 1997 Davenport was hired as the head football coach at Redan High School in Lithonia, Georgia where he spent four seasons (1997–2001).[1]

He was the head coach at Decatur High School for two seasons (2003–04) and was named the Georgia Class AA State Coach-of-the-Year in 2003 as the Bulldogs finished 13-1, losing in the state semifinals.[1]

When he became the offensive coordinator at Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Georgia in 2005, he joined a staff that previously went 1-9 in 2004. The team finished the 2005 season and finished as the runner-up in Region 8-AAAA, advancing into the second round of the state playoffs.[1]

Before becoming the head coach at Savannah State Davenport served at the University of Alabama-Birmingham as the running back coach and as the university's Director of Community Relations.[1]

Savannah State[edit]

Davenport was announced as head football coach at Savannah State University on January 7, 2011 (2011-01-07).[1]

Davenport was relieved of his duties as head football coach on April 17, 2013.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Davenport is married to the former Stephanie Gilstrap and the father of one child.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "SSU Hires Davenport To Lead Football Program". Savannah State University Athletics. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b Hunter, Whitney (2011-02-13). "Coach Steve Davenport determined to make SSU's football team a success". Tiger's Roar. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ Heath, Donald (17 April 2013). "SSU fires football coach Davenport". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

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