Steve Davis grew up in Southeast Kansas and graduated from Iola High School in 1977, where he was a member of the 1976 Class 3 State Champion Track team. He continued his education and Cross Country/Track career at Allen County Community College (1977-79) and the College of the Ozarks(1979-82) , after which Coach Davis received his first teaching/coaching position at the Viburnum C-4 School District in 1985.
While at Viburnum, Coach Davis helped guide the 1986 Cross Country team to the school’s first ever State Championship. In 1990, Coach Davis was hired at Potosi R-3 where he taught and coached for 25 years until his retirement in 2015.
While at Potosi, Davis helped guide the Cross Country and Track teams to 15 State trophies, which included 7 State titles in Cross Country and 2 State titles in Track. Coach Davis’ athletes earned over 100 All State performances in the two sports, highlighted by 21 individual and 4 relay team State Champions.
The 2006 Potosi Cross Country team still hold the State record for the lowest boy’s team score at the Missouri State Meet with 16 points. That same team is still the only Missouri Cross Country team to earn the right to compete at the Nike National Cross Country Meet where they placed 8th in the nation. The national success of the Potosi Cross Country team lead to an invitation to the “Emerging Elite” Coaches Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, which Davis attended in 2008
In addition to receiving several Missouri, National Federation, and J-98 Dream Team Coach of the Year awards, Davis earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Southwest Baptist University in 1999, and also obtained his Level 1 coaching certification from the USATF Coaches Association in 2008. Coach Davis was inducted into the Missouri Cross Country and Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Potosi R-3 School District Hall of Fame in 2019.