Nick Davison returned to the Tennessee State football coaching staff in the spring of 2015 as the team’s defensive ends coach. After two seasons with the ends, Davison moved inside to run the defensive linemen.
In 2017, the defensive front was the anchor to a unit which ranked seventh in the nation allowing 278.5 yards per game and 19.6 points against. Davison helped guide senior Jason Morrow to his first All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team selection.
In his first two seasons with the Tigers, Davison found success with defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko who earned two consecutive Ohio Valley Conference First Team selections. Ogundeko was named to several Preseason All-American teams in 2016 and 2017, as well as the media’s selection for Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the OVC in 2016.
Prior to his arrival on campus, Davison spent 2013 as a graduate assistant on the Tiger staff.
While at TSU, Davison helped guide Big Blue to a 10-4 record and top-10 nationally ranked defense.
Davison coached five All-OVC players on the defensive front, including end Anthony Bass who was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year after recording 14.5 sacks. In addition, the Tennessee State defense ranked as one of the best in the country, only allowing 296 total yards per game. The unit also forced 32 turnovers and gave up just 18.1 points per contest.
Prior to arriving at TSU, Davison worked as the defensive tackle coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012 after an accomplished playing career.
Davison played his first two years at the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he notched 33 tackles and saw action in all 24 games for the Blazers. He then transferred to UTC and was named Preseason 2nd Team All-SoCon as a senior.