Emily Palkert, Head Women's Volleyball Coach

Emily Davis
Emily Davis
Title: Head Coach (2016-)
Phone: 503-554-2945
Email: epalkert@georgefox.edu

Emily Davis will enter her second season as the head coach of the women's volleyball program for the 2017 season.

In her first year, Davis led the Bruins to a 4-20 overall record and 2-14 Northwest Conference record. Senior Erin Sprowls was the lone Bruin on the All-NWC team with an honorable mention. 

Davis brings a dynamic mix of playing and coaching experience to her new position. A four-year AVCA All-American at Concordia University, Saint Paul, Davis was a standout athlete in her playing days. She was named AVCA National Freshman of the Year in 2007 and ended her career as the all-time career kills leader for the Golden Bears. She also led her team to four straight NCAA Division II national championships.

Davis graduated from Concordia, Saint Paul, and earned a bachelor's degree in child learning and human development in 2011. Upon graduation, she went on to play professionally overseas in Finland in the spring of 2011 and Spain in January of 2012. She earned the silver medal (highest in program history) while playing at Tampere, Finland.

Most recently, she spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Augsburg College (Minn.), where she helped the Auggies become conference co-champions in the MIAC in 2013 and 2014. She also coached four AVCA All-Americans, All-Central Region and All-MIAC athletes. During her time at Augsburg, the Auggies compiled an overall record of 87-32 (.709). She also earned a Master of Business Administration (with an emphasis in social entrepreneurship) from Augsberg in May of 2016.

Concurrently, Davis coached a Mizuno M1 Volleyball club team in 2012 and a Vital Volleyball 17s Elite team from 2012 to 2015.

As an assistant coach, Davis helped strengthen overall admissions/athletic department relationships, including acting as admissions counselor for recruiting visits. She assumed the majority of daily responsibilities while the team's head coach was on maternity leave in 2014-15. She also updated the alumnae database and improved relationships that led to donations to a new locker room renovation. She successfully recruited 23 student-athletes over three seasons and assisted in the creation of the JV program to maximize the student-athlete experience.

"I couldn't be more excited and humbled to receive the position as head coach of the George Fox volleyball program,” Davis said. “I hope to carry on the culture of leadership that Steve [Grant] has created. The team has fantastic potential, and I cannot wait to get in the gym! Even more important than athletic talent, they have the unity and Christ-focused heart that creates endless possibilities. The family at George Fox has been so welcoming thus far, and I am grateful to everyone for a seamless transition. Go Bruins!" 

GFU Milestones 

1st win - Whittier - 3-1 - 9/2/16