Joe Davis was named Concordia’s director of forensics in the Fall of 2018, where he recruits, coaches and coordinates the operations of the program.
He has successfully grown the program, starting with six participants in 2018 to more than 30 in 2020-21. As of 2021, the speech team is ranked No. 22 in the country, competing against schools from the NAIA all the way up to NCAA Division I. In 2021, Davis was named Outstanding New Forensics Coach by the American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament (AFA-NST).
As director, Davis prefers to be hands-on, because of how much he enjoys coaching events. He’s built the Concordia forensics program with a culture of inclusivity, where students can choose how competitive, or not, their role will be on the team. From competing in the national tournaments to helping organize team events and everything in between, there’s truly a role for anyone on the team, Davis says.
“I love how inclusive we’ve made our program because it allows for students of all experiences and talent levels to contribute,” he says. “Our team has such a fun mix of people and motivations. If all I did was continue to provide opportunities for students to enhance the power of their presentation skills and voices, I would be proud of my results as a director of forensics.”
With the support of Concordia’s administration to grow the program, Davis has seen the impact it is having on students as they’re equipped for their vocations.
“Connecting with students and seeing how the influences of our faith-based institution, combined with the worldly speech perspective can truly shape the future leaders of our society, is incredibly gratifying,” he says.
2017 - MBA, Concordia University, Nebraska
2015 - B.A., Business Communication and Speech Theory Communication, York College, York, Nebraska