MELBOURNE, Fla. — Washington head women's rowing coach Mike Davenport was inducted into the Florida Institute of Technology Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night, Feb. 28 for his contributions to the Panthers' 1981-82 women's varsity four. Davenport was an assistant at his alma mater and coached the boat that won gold at the Dad Vail regatta and helped Florida Tech capture the Dad Vail combined championship, the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association overall championship and the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association title.
The hall of fame class of 2014 includes FIT President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese; women’s golfer Daniela Iacobelli ’09; and the 2001-02 women's basketball team that finished 26-6 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Since it was established in 1986, the FIT hall of fame has inducted 41 individuals and five teams. “Its purpose is to remember those who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to the University’s athletics program,” according to the FIT website.
Davenport, who graduated from Florida Tech in 1978, did not attend Friday's induction ceremony.
He has been the head women's rowing coach at Washington College since 1990. He also serves as the director of the rowing program and the assistant to the athletic director for professional development and compliance.
Last spring, Davenport was named the College Rowing Coaches Association National Coach of the Year for Division III and the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference's Women's Coach of the Year.