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Track & Field Announcer Scott Davis Dies

NDIANAPOLIS
– World renowned track and field statistician, meet director and public
address announcer Scott Davis died Wednesday at his home in Cerritos,
Calif.  He was 67.

 Known
to many as the voice of track and field in the United States, Davis
beat back cancer twice in recent years before becoming ill at the 2010
World Junior Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Davis
earned bachelors and masters degrees from Cal State Northridge, and a
B.A. in political science and a masters degree in systems engineering
from UCLA before embarking on a twenty-year career with Xerox as a
software engineer and manager.

Through
the years he continued his passionate love affair with track &
field, first kindled when he competed in junior high for Jim Bush, later
the hall-of-fame coach at UCLA.  In the late 70s,
he was mentored by famed announcer Stan Eales, and became co-announcer
of meets such as the Sunkist and LA Times Invitationals. By 1984, he was
announcing at the national level, and during the ensuing 26 years he
continued informing track and field fans around the world.

Davis
was the meet announcer for the Nike Prefontaine Classic for 21 years
and was the voice of countless events, including the Mt. SAC Relays,
where he served as the meet director for 20 years. He also announced at
numerous collegiate conference championships, NCAA Championships and USA
Indoor and Outdoor Championships.  Davis also served as the announcer for track meets at his beloved collegiate alma mater, UCLA, for 28 years.

On
the international scene, Davis was one of the announcers at the 1999
World Outdoor Championships in Seville, Spain, and he became the voice
of the World Juniors and Youth Championships for the IAAF in the last
decade. Prior to his illness, Davis was slated to announce at this
week’s Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

His
lifelong love of track and field included being one of the earliest
members of the TAC (now USATF) Press Box Crew, and serving as a Team USA
press officer at the 1982 USA vs. East Germany dual meet, and the 1983
World Outdoor Championships.

Davis
had been the Secretary General of the Association of Track and Field
Statisticians (ATFS) since 1994. In 1983, he also co-founded and served
as the president of the Federation of American Statisticians of Track
(FAST), and for 32 years was the editor of the FAST Annual, which for
many years has been published as an indispensable section of the USA
Track & Field Media Guide.  Davis was also a founding member and longtime awards chairman for the Track & Field Writers of America (TAFWA).

“Scott
was the dean of American track & field statisticians, the voice of
USA and NCAA Championships and the organizer of one of this country’s
great meets,” said USATF CEO Doug Logan. “He devoted his life and his
passion to our sport, and losing him has hit many people very hard. He
already is deeply missed, but he can never be replaced.”

 Davis,
who included football as one of his many passions, along with stamp
collecting, classical music, fine wines, joke telling, Russian history
and literature, served on the UCLA football stats crew for more than 20
years. His chair in Suite 302 at the Rose Bowl will remain open this
coming season as a memorial.

Davis is survived by his wife Cheryl and son Scott, Jr.  Services are pending.

 

About USA Track & Field
 
USA
Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and
field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.
USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the
most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior
high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners
in the United States.
 
For more information on USATF, visit
www.usatf.org
 

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