By Josh Wynne, Staff Writer
As the Athletic Director at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), Julie Davis is
constantly working behind the scenes to make improvements to UMF athletics.
Currently, Davis is working on making changes to one of the most used athletic facilities
on campus, Dearborn Gymnasium. “There are a number of critical projects going on
simultaneously. “The HVAC, floor, and bleachers are in dire need of replacement and we’ve been
authorized to get it all lined up for final approval at the system level.” said Davis in an e-mail
The process to renovate Dearborn Gymnasium, which was constructed in 1953, requires a great
amount of attention. “We’ve had some preliminary possibilities in place for some time but are
now answering significant questions regarding product, configuration and implications. What we
end up will last the life of the building.” said Davis.
Davis, is also currently attempting to “Expand non-traditional, coach led training opportunities
for the fall and spring sports. This will also allow athletes to have further skill development and
conditioning that will reduce the chance of preventable injuries and result in better performance.”
If successful this will be the first spring season that UMF will offer, fall sport non-traditional
As the process to improve Dearborn Gymnasium continues, and efforts to expand aspects of
the non-traditional season, Davis also has to complete other duties. “It’s this balance of meetings,
department meetings, committee meetings, and task force meetings.” said Davis.
Due to Davis’s busy schedule, event managers control the contest preparation. “We shifted a
good deal of the event management work across to coaching loads out of season so I can focus on
other administrative responsibilities” said Davis. During a home contest, preparation is about two
hours and approximately about 1 hour to wrap up.” said Davis. Davis adds, despite having event
mangers “It’s hard not to get involved.”
After leaving work for the evening, “I do an hour an half to two hours at least of work at home
said Davis. There’s always more, I’m never just content…I always want to raise the bar”
Throughout her tenure at UMF, Davis has created a working environment that is enjoyable.
“She, fosters a sense of community with the staff, which promotes team spirit amongst the
department and personal growth as well.” said UMF athletic trainer Karin Kezal. Kezal also noted
“Julie is a very honest, knowledgeable, engaging and supportive person.”
Kezal, has served as an athletic trainer at UMF for seven years and states that Davis’s job is a
lot of the “behind the scenes” work.
Prior to accepting the job at UMF, Davis earned a bachelors degree in Physical and Elementary
Education at Bethany, West Virginia, where she was a three-sport athlete. Davis, later obtained
her Masters Degree in Exercise Science at Marshall University, and completed the course work
and comprehensive exams toward a doctorate in athletic administration at the University of Iowa.
Davis later became a full time faculty member in exercise science and served as a head coach
at Nebraska Westland. Davis also served as a full time faculty instructing Physical Education,
while also working as Assistance Athletic Director at Carleton College for eight years. Davis also
had a short stint as a personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness.
“The mix of real hands on experience, and theoretical experience, prepared me pretty well.”
Despite the busy schedule that is associated with being an Athletic Director, Davis adds “The
best parts of the job are really the people, in a day, the best part of my day might be interacting
with a student, it might be watching a team accomplish something, and or with the individual
having a personal best, or with the staff, and taking the opportunity we were able to create and
“They are all different (days) that’s one of the appeals of the job for me.” said Davis.