Chad Davis comes into his sixth season as the head coach of the NCAA DIII hockey team at Adrian College with an overall record of 100-28-9 and a conference record of 68-18-8. His 100 wins total makes him the winningest coach in the short history of the program.
Last season, Davis led the team to a 25-3-1 record, an NCHA regular season championship, Slaats Cup Championship and an NCAA tournament berth (the first tournament appearance for the team under Coach Davis and second in program history). The Bulldogs hosted the No. 2 ranked team in the East Region, Elmira, losing 3-1.
The Bulldogs finished the second second in NCAA DIII in scoring offense (4.55 goals/game), fifth in scoring defense (1.31 goals allowed/game) and second in scoring margin beating teams by an average margin of 3.24 goals a game. Adrian also had the 11th best power play scoring 20.4% of the time and the ninth penalty kill, killing off penalties 89.8% of the time.
Five Bulldog players, Kristin Lewicki, Kaylyn Schroka, Sydney Smith, Kristi Zink and Brooke Lupi (All-Freshman), were named to the All-NCHA team and Davis was named NCHA Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Five players were named to the D3Hockey.com All-Region West teams; Smith and Lewicki were named to the first team, Jade Walsh and Schroka to the second team and Logan Taylor to the third team. Smith and Lewicki were both named D3Hockey.com All-Americans and AHCA/CCM Division III All-Americans.
The Bulldogs finished the 2014-15 campaign with an overall record of 20-2-4 for an .846 winning percentage. He was also named the NCHA Coach of the Year for 2014-15 season.
The season was highlighted by Adrian claiming its first Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship and going undefeated in conference play (15-0-3). In 2014-15, the Bulldogs had the longest unbeaten streak in NCAA Division III at 21 games, going 18-0-3 during that span. The Bulldogs also gave up the fewest goals (33) in the country, while opponents netted more than two goals in a game only twice. The offense also shined by producing 102 goals, or 3.92 per game, for fourth in Division III. The combined special teams ranked first nationally, which included the top power play unit at 29.9 percent (35-for-117). Moreover, Adrian College played an opponent from every conference while outscoring their non-NCHA opponents 25-6.
Five Bulldogs made the All-NCHA team, including sophomore goaltender Jade Walsh who attainted CCM All–America West Second Team status. Davis was tabbed the coach of the year in the conference.
Davis led Adrian to a successful 2012-13 season. The Bulldogs first set the most wins (20) and a then-program record for highest win percentage (.759) in a season, and compiled the top combined special teams in the country. Adrian also had outstanding individual performances with a pair of All-Americans, a conference player of the year selection, and three All-NCHA standouts.
Davis had a very successful rookie campaign with the Bulldogs in his first year as a head coach at the NCAA Division III level, guiding the squad to the 2012 NCHA O'Brien Cup championship game. Adrian finished the season with a 16-10-2 overall record and placed third in the rugged NCHA with a record of 12-6-2. Adrian also had the fourth-best power play unit in NCAA Division III while scoring on 26.1 percent of its chances (40-of-153). Davis coached one Second Team All-American player in Kelly Salis and three All-NCHA players, including Salis.
Prior to joining the Adrian staff, Davis spent the 2009-2010 season as a volunteer assistant coach at NCAA Division I Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa., where he worked with the Colonials goaltenders that finished first in the Atlantic Hockey Conference in team save percentage and goals-against average in overall play.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Davis played professionally for the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League. He played his college hockey with Division I American International College, appearing in 52 games from 2001-04. He graduated from AIC in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.