TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Bo Davis on Wednesday. Davis, who was on Saban's first staff at Alabama, will once again serve as Alabama's defensive line coach.
"We are happy to have Bo and his family back at Alabama," said Saban. "Bo has been with us for a number of years and he has a really good understanding of the program and what is expected in terms of his role on our defensive staff. Bo is an outstanding coach and recruiter, and does an excellent job in terms of developing and building relationships with the players."
Davis spent the last three seasons coaching the defensive tackles at the University of Texas. The Longhorns advanced to bowl games in each of his three years in Austin.
"I'm excited to be back at the University of Alabama," said Davis. "We have a lot of great friends here on staff and in the community so our family is looking forward to returning to Tuscaloosa. I've been lucky enough to work with Coach Saban at LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama, and I'm grateful for all that he has done for me through the years. This is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity Coach Saban and Kirby Smart have offered me."
From 2007-10, Davis coached the defensive line at Alabama. The Crimson Tide won three of four bowl games during that span including the 2009 BCS National Championship. Alabama's defense ranked among the top 10 nationally in total defense and scoring defense in 2008, 2009 and 2010 while Davis was on staff. Among the standouts he coached at UA were second team All-American Marcell Dareus, who was the defensive MVP of the 2009 National Championship Game. He also tutored two-time first team All-American Terrence Cody as well as Wallace Gilberry, who was a first team All-SEC pick in 2007 after totaling 10 sacks and leading the conference with 27 tackles for loss.
Davis joined the Alabama staff after serving as assistant defensive line coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2006 with the Dolphins under Saban.
Prior to his stint with the Dolphins, Davis spent four years (2002-05) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU. During that time, the Tigers went to four straight bowls, including a victory over Oklahoma in the 2003 BCS National Championship Game. Davis joined the LSU staff after working at North Shore High School in Galena Park, Tex., where he was an assistant coach from 1997-2002.
As a player at LSU, Davis earned second team All-SEC honors as a senior nose guard in 1992 as he recorded 66 tackles with four for loss. He lettered for the Tigers from 1990-92 and finished his college career with 90 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
A native of Magee, Miss., Davis graduated from LSU in 1993 and then served as a graduate assistant with the LSU strength and conditioning program from 1995-97.
Davis and his wife, Omeika, have two sons (Beau and Jackson) and one daughter (Juliana).
All such employment contracts are subject to approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.