Northwestern volleyball is making a change.
Head coach Shane Davis will not return to the sidelines in 2024, parting ways with NU after eight seasons, Northwestern announced Friday afternoon. This comes after the Wildcats finished 15-15 this season, including 9-11 in Big Ten play. In his near-decade with the ‘Cats, Davis had a 103-128 record but was 45-105 in conference matches.
“We would like to thank Coach Davis for everything he has done over his eight seasons leading our volleyball program,” said athletic director Derrick Gragg. “We have mutually agreed that based on the performance of the program during his tenure, it is time for a change in leadership. We wish Coach Davis the very best in his future endeavors.”
Despite winning two national championships with Loyola Chicago’s men's volleyball team, Davis never found the same success up Lake Shore Drive. In his eight years, the Wildcats never had a winning Big Ten record and failed to reach the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to NU’s on-court struggles, Davis brought additional scrutiny off the court. In July, Inside NU reported and confirmed that Davis was suspended in March 2021 for his involvement in the hazing of a volleyball player. That suspension was not made public at the time. Also, Davis was named in a lawsuit filed by a player on July 24 regarding hazing allegations.
Assistant coach Pedro Mendes will run the program while Northwestern searches for its next head coach, the University said in a statement.