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Dennis Davidson has been director of athletics since May of 1996. He came to Catawba College in July 1984 as director of public information and moved totally into sports information one year later.
In 1991, Davidson was promoted to assistant to the athletic director, and in 1993, he was promoted to assistant athletic director for game operations, in addition to the sports information duties.
Davidson oversees the entire athletic program at Catawba.He has also been responsible for securing athletic advertising and sponsorships and has had significant roles in Catawba's Sports Hall of Fame inductions, the South Atlantic Conference Spring Sports Festival and the year-end athletic ceremony. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and was a member of the regional advisory committee for NCAA Division II football (2002-04). Davidson is currently the South Atlanti Conference AD liaison for baseball and women's basketball.
Davidson was also highly involved in the planning of the Hayes Field House and Shuford Stadium reconstruction. He also has directed the highly popular Sam Moir Christmas Basketball Classic since 1996.
A former member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Davidson was chairman of the NAIA District 26 SIDs and the Carolinas Conference Awards Committee for three years (1986-89). He was voted by his peers as District 26 SID of the Year for 1987-88 and 1992-93.
Born in Statesville, but reared in Salisbury,Davidson graduated in 1977 from West Rowan High School, where he was a four-year letterman in baseball, earning All-North Piedmont Conference honors as a senior.
Davidson earned a bachelor's degree in English at Catawba in 1981,working as a part-time writer at The Salisbury Post during his college years. He actually began at The Post as a 16-year-old sportswriter in 1975.
A member of Milford Hills United Methodist Church, Davidson is president of the Westside Pool Association. He is also a member of the PTA at Salisbury High Schools.
Davidson resides in Salisbury with his wife, Toni, a registered nurse at Lexington Memorial Hospital. They have three daughters, Bethany (23), a Catawba graduate, Katie (20), a junior at Catawba, and Carrie (15).