|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Jessica Davos, in her eighth season with UAlbany, was promoted to associate head coach in May 2016 after six years as the team's first assistant. Davos, the first associate head coach of the team since 2009, works primarily with the defense.
2017 saw Davos's first season as the team's associate head coach as the Great Danes earned a top-10 victory over Cornell and the program's second at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, finishing 12-6 overall with a berth in the America East title game. UAlbany's defensive team captains, Sierra McIver and Andrea Flood, each earned America East All-Conference honors while goalkeeper Erin Leghart was placed on the league's all-rookie team.
In 2016, Davos's defense ranked fifth in Division I in scoring defense, allowing 6.94 goals per game and allowing double digit goals in just four of UAlbany's 17 games. Christine Johnson earned America East Co-Defensive Player of the Year, joining goalkeeper Courtney Henderson and defender Sierra McIver as all-conference players. UAlbany's defense helped the Great Danes earn its seventh consecutive double digit win season, going 11-6 and reaching the America East title game.
Under Davos's guidance, the Danes were top-five in scoring defense for the third-straight year in 2015 with a 14-5 overall record. UAlbany allowed just 6.68 goals per game with an experienced defense, anchored by America East First Team pick Erin Monna and two-time All-Conference selection Michelle Primomo. Junior goalkeeper Courtney Henderson ranked third nationally in goals against average on her way to league First Team honors.
For the fifth-straight year, Davos boasted a back line that ranked top-20 in scoring defense, and the second straight year the Great Danes have ranked top-five. Behind four-year goalie Anna Berman, UAlbany allowed just 6.82 goals per game in 17 games. Davos led draw control specialist Kathleen Lennon to rank first on the team in draw controls and ground balls again in 2014, earning Lennon IWLCA All-America honors plus her second straight IWLCA All-Region team selection. Berman was also named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
UAlbany ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense in 2013, allowing 131 goals (7.71 per game) in 17 games. The Great Danes averaged 7.59 caused turnovers per game. 2013 marked the third consecutive year that UAlbany has ranked in the top-20 nationally in scoring defense.
Davos led the Great Danes to their second consecutive America East title in 2012. Goalie Anna Berman ranked 18th in the national in goals against average (9.51).
In 2011, Davos helped the Great Danes capture their first America East Conference championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round. The Great Danes were ranked for 15 weeks in the 2011 season, winning 18 straight games. UAlbany had the second-best scoring defense in the nation, allowing just 7.32 goals per game.
Davos previously spent two seasons as a Harvard University assistant. At Harvard, Davos worked for Lisa Miller, her college head coach at Syracuse University. The Crimson posted their best Ivy League record in four years and had three all-league players in 2010. Prior to that position, Davos served as the head coach at Bryant University for one season. She guided the Bulldogs to a 10-8 record in the program's final NCAA Division II campaign. Bryant also finished third in the Northeast-10 Conference with a league mark of 7-3 and three players earned all-conference recognition.
In 2007, Davos was the head coach at Bentley College, a Division II program that also competed in the Northeast-10 Conference. She led the Falcons to their best season in seven years with an 11-6 record, improving the team's win total by four from the previous season. Bentley placed third in the league standings and reached the conference postseason tournament championship game. Four Falcons received all-conference honors and one was chosen to the IWLCA All-America second team.
A native of Albany, N.Y. and a graduate of Albany Academy, Davos also worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as both an assistant women's soccer and women's lacrosse coach.
Davos (formerly DeRosa) earned four varsity lacrosse letters at Syracuse, where she received an undergraduate degree in English and textual studies. The Orange had a combined 44-19 record during her career, plus qualified for three NCAA Division I Tournaments and won the 1999 ECAC championship. She was selected to the 2002 Big East Conference Academic All-Star squad.
At Albany Academy, Davos was named to the 1998 U.S. Lacrosse All-America Team and was chosen CDWLL Player of the Year. She earned consensus All-Area honors in soccer and lacrosse. Davos and her husband, Jim, have two daughters, Alexa and Ashley.