CHICAGO – University of Chicago Head Football Coach Chris Wilkerson announced on Thursday that Jon Davidson will serve as the team's Defensive Backs Coach.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jon to our family and Hyde Park," Wilkerson said. "His experiences both as a player and coach along with his passion and attention to detail shined through during the interview process. I look forward to watching Jon help our student-athletes reach or exceed their potential."
Davidson arrives in Hyde Park after spending the 2017 season at Defiance College. He was the Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs Coach and Academic Coordinator for the Yellow Jackets. Additionally, he coordinated the punt return and PAT/field goal block units.
The 2017 Defiance defense led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) in pass defense, total turnovers and interceptions. The Yellow Jackets tied for second in all of NCAA Division III in total turnovers, while ranking eighth in both interceptions and fumble recoveries. Six members of the defense were picked to the All-HCAC teams.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity from Coach Wilkerson and Coach [Luke] Cutkomp to be a member of such a prestigious institution and program," Davidson said. "I am excited to work for and learn from an experienced and established coaching staff, and look forward to working with a great group of student-athletes this year."
Prior to his time at Defiance, Davidson spent two years as a graduate assistant at Minot State University, where he coached defensive backs and linebackers. He received his master's degree in management.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Davidson played defensive back at Idaho State University. He graduated with bachelor's degrees in finance and Spanish. Davidson was also invited to rookie minicamp with the Seattle Seahawks after the 2014 NFL draft.