Jon Davison ('61)

Athletics - Basketball

Jon Davison - Hall of FameJon Davison (C'61) wore numerous hats in his nearly 40 years at the University of Dubuque. Davison made his biggest contribution to UD as the Head Men's Basketball Coach for 27 years, winning three Iowa Conference Championships and four NCAA Division-III Tournament appearances. In addition to coaching basketball, he spent 20+ years as Athletic Director, fifteen years coaching Men's Golf, ten years as Head Men's Cross Country Coach, six years as Head Track & Field Coach, three years as Men's Tennis Coach, one year as Head Baseball Coach, and eight years as an Assistant Football Coach. He also contributed to the UD Community as associate professor of physical education and department chair. Davison was an 11-time letter winner as a student-athlete, earning four letters in football and track, two in basketball, and one in baseball. 

From 1966-93, Jon Davison was UD Men's Basketball, winning three Iowa Conference titles, four seasons with 20+ wins, and four NCAA Tournament berths with a Sweet 16 appearance in 1985-86. Davison finished with a career record of 371-320 overall and 217-173 in the IIAC. He was named IIAC Coach of the Year in 1985-86, 1987-88, and 1989-90 (all IIAC Championships seasons). He was named the 1988 NBCA All-West District Coach of the Year and 1990 Paul Maaska Iowa Small College Coach of the Year. His teams dominated the Iowa Conference in the 1980's posting an overall record of 170-100 and IIAC record of 100-48, the top win-loss record in the IIAC during that 10-year period. 

As Head Men's Cross Country Coach, Davison never finished lower than fifth place. His 1971 team finished in second place, his top finish. He also placed a student-athlete on the all-conference team all ten years. Davison's most successful year as Head Men's Golf Coach came in 1975 when the Spartans won the IIAC Championship and earned Coach of the Year honors.