Shane Davis Named YSU Baseball’s Pitching Coach

Shane Davis (contributed photo from Western Illinois)
Shane Davis (contributed photo from Western Illinois)

Shane Davis, a Youngstown native, has been named the pitching coach for the Youngstown State baseball program, Head Coach Dan Bertolini announced on Wednesday.

"I'm very excited about Shane joining the YSU baseball family. Shane has worked for some outstanding programs, and his experience with developing pitchers and creating strong relationships makes him a perfect fit for the position," Bertolini said.

"Bringing Shane back to the Mahoning Valley and having the opportunity to work with him is very special to me. He has been a tireless worker, and his national recruiting experience is going to be a major asset to our program."

After playing collegiately at Eastern Michigan, Davis joined the Eagles as an assistant before moving on to coach at Cleveland State and Western Illinois. He and Bertolini were teammates at nearby Poland Seminary High School in 2002.

"Thank you to Coach Bertolini, Ron Strollo and President Tressel for this opportunity. I'm happy to have a chance to return home to coach. It's been a long journey, and I am excited to become a part of a community experiencing the boom that YSU is," Davis said.

"It's been over 15 years since Coach Bertolini and I were teammates at Poland, but it feels like we haven't missed a beat. He and Coach Smith have done a tremendous job growing and advancing the program."

Most recently, Davis served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Illinois from 2012-2017. During his time with the Leathernecks, he coached a pair of pitchers who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

After recording a school-record nine saves, Brian Loconsole was selected in the 20th round of 2013 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Tyler Willman, who became the first WIU pitcher to receive first-team all-conference honors since 2006, was selected in the 12th round of the 2014 draft by the San Francisco Giants.

Under Davis' guidance, senior Tyler Owings became the program's all-time saves leader and earned Second Team All-Summit League honors in 2015 while true freshman Ian Koch was named to the league's second team in 2016.

During the 2014 season, Davis' pitchers earned four Summit League 'Pitcher of the Week' honors, the most in program history. He also played a major role in the development of Aaron Michel, who was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and finished the 2013 season with a school-record 1.23 ERA.

During his first season in Macomb, Davis served as the recruiting coordinator and aided in the recruitment of several players who became major contributors as freshmen for the Leathernecks in 2012.

Prior to joining the Western Illinois staff, Davis spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Cleveland State. He helped coordinate the Vikings' recruiting efforts in the Midwest while also assisting with summer ball placement, travel and scheduling. He also served as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers after Cleveland State's baseball program was dropped in May of 2011.

Davis arrived at Cleveland State after serving as an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy, where he worked primarily with the bullpen and catchers, while also assisting with hitters. During his stint at Air Force, the team's catchers ranked first or second in the Mountain West Conference in every defensive category.

Davis has also served as the co-head coach of the Stark County Terriers, an elite 18-and-under summer league team that qualified for the ABCA Midland regional. He also coached the Varsity Shop Training Center Bullets, an 18-and-under team based out of Detroit, during the summer of 2008.

Additionally, he we worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater Eastern Michigan in 2008, coaching outfielders and assisting with hitters. He also served as a student assistant at EMU in 2007, working with pitchers and catchers.

During his time at EMU, he was part of a coaching staff that went 36-12 in the Mid-American Conference, including a regular season championship and tournament runner-up finish in 2007. The group won the MAC West Division title and the MAC tournament championship in 2008 to earn a berth in the Ann Arbor Regional.

Davis was a four-year letterwinner as a catcher for Eastern Michigan, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. He earned his master's degree in Communication from Western Illinois in 2015.