Kurt Davidson begins his fourth year as Walsh’s assistant coach. In Davidson’s second year on staff, and first full time, the team reached new milestones in several offensive categories as the single season records for homeruns, doubles, and RBI were all broken in 2016. Davidson took the team batting average from .277 in 2015 to .302 in 2016. The Cavs offense ranked in the Top 5 in the GLIAC in several areas including second in Homeruns (58), second in slugging percentage (.468), third in doubles (107), third in runs (341), and third in RBI (308). The offensive output has continued to be impressive with Cavaliers amongst the league leaders in both the GLIAC and G-MAC the last two years.
Despite the the loss of 16 seniors, the 2018 season was suppose to be a rebuilding year. Instead the Cavaliers reloaded and made the conference tournament for the third straight-season. The offense continued right where it left off and finished in the top five in hits, doubles (first in the league), homeruns, RBI, runs, SLG %, OBP, walks, and HBP. The offense was paced by First Team All-GMAC outfielder Eric Conner and Second Team All-GMAC selections Andrew Czech, Marcus Bobb and Avery Janning. Eric Conner went on to be an All-Midwest Region selectee. Another program first saw wins against multiple teams ranked in the Top 25. The win against Minnesota State Mankato who was ranked No. 7 at the time was the highest ranked team Walsh has ever defeated. The Cavaliers also saw wins against Ohio Dominican ranked No. 15 at the time.
The 2017 season was the best in Walsh's NCAA era at 32-16. The season saw many first for the program. Luke Caple was named Pre-Season All-American a first in program history. The high octane offense finished in the top five in every offensive category. The offense set a conference GLIAC for runs scored in a game vs Ohio Dominican with 28. The Cavs finished with a program-best ranking of No. 8 in the Midwest Region. The Cavaliers also received votes in the top 25 for a first time in program history. Additionally the Cavs had seven All-Conference performers and four All Midwest Region players. Another program first occurred with Austin Szink and Ryan McSweeney being named All-Americans.
Under Davidson’s tutelage, Jason McPeek and Luke Caple had one of the best years in school history and received First Team All-GLIAC selections. Luke Caple was also selected First Team All-Region while Jason was selected Second Team All-Region. Jason had an incredible year at the plate batting .357 with 20 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs, and 47 RBI out of the leadoff spot. Luke Caple hit .367 with 20 doubles three Triples and 10 home runs to along with 65 RBI. Caple was equally as impressive behind the plate throwing out 66 percent of potential base stealers.
In 2015, Davidson’s first year on staff, the team raised its batting average from .265 in 2014 to .277 and also saw a jump in several other categories as well. The team raised their total in doubles from 58 in 2014 to 72, triples with three in 2014 to 13 in 2015, and a jump in slugging percentage from .330 in 2014 to .377 in 2015. Andrew Bonnette received Second Team All-GLIAC while also breaking the single season record for triples with 7 in 2015.
Davidson started his coaching career at the University of Akron. He coached three years with the Zips from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, he saw two Zips get drafted as Drew Turocy, a First Team All-MAC selection, went in the 24th round of the MLB Draft to the Boston Red Sox. Turocy broke the Akron all-time single season record for hits in a season under Davidson’s guidance. Chris Bassitt went on to get drafted in the 16th round of the MLB Draft in 2011 to the Chicago White Sox. Bassitt was called up to the Major Leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 2014. Bassitt is currently on the Oakland Athletics roster and in the starting rotation.
During Davidson’s time at the University of Akron, he coached four All-MAC selections, six All-Academic First Team members, and six MLB draftees. His teams set the school record with 57 home runs in 2009, 629 hits in 2010, 114 doubles in 2010, and total bases with 879 in 2009. Individual single season records broken during his time include at-bats, hits, and singles.
In the summer of 2009, Davidson was an assistant coach for the Waynesboro Generals in the Prestigious Valley League. Davidson helped coach 11 players who went in to be drafted in the MLB Draft with several players currently in AAA. In total Davidson has coached over 30 players who have played in MLB Baseball.
Davidson had an illustrious playing career at the University of Akron from 2005-2008. Davidson is one of the few players in the History of Akron to have started in every game of his career with 201. Davidson managed to be named All-Mideast Region Second Team in 2007. Davidson was a three-time All-MAC selection, received First Team honors in 2007 and 2008, and Second Team honors in 2006. Davidson received MAC Player of the Week six times in his career. Davidson is the only player in Akron history to be named Team MVP three times. Davidson also won the Joe Thomas award for highest batting average in 2006.
Davidson finished his career at Akron as the leader in several statistical categories, including home runs (41), RBIs (180), at-bats (807), and total bases (430). He is also second in career hits with 253 and third in career doubles with 52. He remains tied for second on the all-time single season list for home runs with 12, a feat he managed to accomplish twice in his career as both a sophomore and senior.
Davidson is a 2009 graduate from the University of Akron with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. He currently resides in North Canton, Ohio.