Florida International University head football coach Butch Davis promoted graduate assistant Drew Davis, his son, to tight ends coach the school announced late Tuesday.
Davis’ promotion gives the Panthers their 10th assistant coach, an increase in coaching staff numbers the NCAA approved this past April.
James Vollono coached tight ends and served as the special teams’ coordinator this past season; now Davis will work with tight ends while Vollono will solely handle special teams.
Butch Davis took a page out of his in-city counterpart Mark Richt’s book – adding his son to his coaching staff – saying Drew possesses all the necessary skills to be a good coach at the college level.
“He knows just as much as anyone about the culture and environment of the programs that I’ve created,” Butch Davis said. “He’s been a part of and has seen the evaluation and the players that I have recruited or drafted. He has an unbelievable passion for the sport. He has great communication and people skills.”
Drew Davis has been around some of college football’s top college programs for much of his life. The younger Davis spent time around the Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina Tar Heels when his dad served as their head coaches years ago and he played collegiately at Ole Miss – serving as a backup quarterback from 2014-2016.
As a grad assistant, Drew Davis worked under FIU offensive coordinator Rich Skrosky. Skrosky’s offense put up program-best numbers in 2017 – leading the country in red zone conversion (98 percent) while also passing for the most yards in a single-season (3,031) in school history, which led to a school-best 63.6 completion percentage and 138.7 pass efficiency.
“He’s been highly active in helping recruit,” Butch Davis said of his son. “He’s been a part of two big-time programs at Ole Miss and North Carolina, where he was right in the inner circle of the most successful seasons at those places as well as around [the University of] Miami and NFL programs. After interviewing several people, I really felt like he would be a huge asset to the program.”