Saint Leo, Fla. (July 23, 2008) –  Ginger Davenport has been named assistant coach of the Saint Leo University women’s soccer team for the 2008 season. Davenport was a standout player for the Lions the past four years.

Davenport started all 20 games her senior season (2007), helped the team to a 15-5 record overall and a second-place finish in the Sunshine State Conference with a 6-2 record. The Lions also qualified for the NCAA post-season tournament in ’07.

Coach Ged O’Connor praised his former player, who was the team captain her senior year. “Ginger was a standout defender, whose tenacity and work ethic were unquestioned,” said O’Connor. “She led the team both on and off the soccer field. We are looking forward to Ginger becoming part of the coaching staff. She will be the ideal link to the players for the coaches. She is respected by all members of the program. We are excited about Ginger moving into the coaching field."

Davenport, who was president of the Saint Leo Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), was selected as a recipient of the NCAA Division II Degree Completion Award in June of this year. The NCAA Division II Degree Completion Award Committee selected recipients for the 2008-09 awards from a pool of 182 applicants. The committee awarded 86 Division II applicants from 63 different Division II institutions.

The Division II Degree Completion Award program provides financial assistance to deserving student-athletes with completion of a first baccalaureate degree.

Davenport, who is a double major (Criminal Justice and Social Work) at Saint Leo, has been on the Dean’s List and the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll throughout her academic career. She was named All-SSC as a senior and also was a Daktronics second-team, All-South Region pick in 2007 for her performance on the playing field.