Steve Davenport, a three-year starter at wide receiver at Georgia Tech in the late 1980s and a former Georgia state high school coach of the year, joined the UAB staff in December, 2006. Davenport coaches the Blazer running backs.
The UAB rushing game improved considerably in 2008 as the Blazers averaged 168.9 yards per game on the ground, a jump of 66 spots in the NCAA rankings from the previous year.
Davenport also had both collegiate and high school coaching experience when he came to UAB after serving two years as the offensive coordinator at Rockdale County (Ga.) High School.
He was the head coach at Decatur (Ga.) High for two seasons and in 2003 was named the Georgia Class AA State Coach-of-the-Year as his team finished 13-1, losing in the state semifinals at the Georgia Dome.
Davenport also spent four seasons as the head coach at Redan (Ga.) High School and served as the offensive coordinator at Southwest DeKalb High when the school won the 1995 Georgia State AAAAA state championship. Davenport was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
Davenport was a four-year letterwinner as a player at Georgia Tech from 1985-88. He was a member of the Yellow Jacket team that defeated Michigan State in the 1985 All-American Bowl played at Legion Field.
Davenport earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech in 1990 and his Masters from Tech in 1994.
He is married to the former Stephanie Gilstrap.