Since joining the Great Lake Canadians program in its second year, Shane Davis continues to bring professional, college, and national team experience with him to the field every day, and aims to provide better opportunities for the players he coaches than he had when he was their age, as the 15U manager.
From his days of playing with the St. Thomas Tomcats, to joining Team Ontario, to making the Junior National Team roster and earning a scholarship to Canisius College, the native of Belmont, Ontario experienced a whirlwind of experiences as he left high school and continued to pursue baseball, and felt like he knew nothing about what was out there in comparison to what he has learned since.
Davis’ career was highlighted by his time at Canisius, a Division-I school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, where he was named an All-American, Freshman All-American, MAAC Rookie of the Year, and MAAC Pitcher of the Year in 2008. He set Golden Griffins records in wins, games started, complete games, innings pitched, and strikeouts, and threw a no-hitter for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles playing in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. At Canisius, the southpaw earned a degree in criminal justice, and a master’s degree in sports administration.
From there, he was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 42nd round in 2011, the organization with which he played professionally for two years.
Davis got into coaching because he wanted to give back what he learned at a higher level to the younger age group, in an attempt to make them better than he was at their age. He believes that there are often mechanical misconceptions about pitching, and enjoys teaching the technical side of the game.
He enjoys that the Great Lake program is competitive and that winning is a priority, but that it focuses on development, and for him, it’s about making sure that those kids who come into the 14U team continue to develop and make it to the 18U team as contributors, growing every step of the way on and off the field. Davis loves that there are so many different voices, both on the pitching side and among position players, so that they can continue to learn from one another, but that the staff all believe in the same ideas.