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Blugold Hall of Fame
Eric Davis

Davis, a 6-7 center, played on four consecutive Blugold teams that won NAIA District 14 championships and advanced to the NAIA Nationals in Kansas City. His senior season of 1988-89, the Blugolds produced a 29-4 overall record and placed third in the 32-team national tournament. After being named All-Conference for a second consecutive year and the player of the year in NAIA District 14, he was also named an NAIA third team All-American.

Davis, a native of Hamtramck, Michigan, did not begin playing basketball until his junior year of Eau Claire. At Eau Claire, he started 90 of 94 games during his final three seasons and played in 114 for his career, scoring 1,172 points (ranks 23rd all-time) with 748 rebounds and 186 blocked shots. He ranks among the top field goal shooters in school history, having hit 62.6 percent from the field during his career. His best statistical season came in 1987-88 when he averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game while hitting 65.5 percent from the field. He once hit all 10 of his shots from the field which will always give him a share of the school single game FG percentage record. The Blugolds were 48-16 in conference play and 102-23 overall during his four-year career. He was named to six All-Tournament teams, twice was the MVP of the Eau Claire Holiday Classic and was selected team MVP in 1988.

Davis earned his bachelor's degree in biology with a chemistry minor in 1990 and then received his master's degree in environmental & public health from UWEC in 1993.

He has had a distinguished career in environmental health and corporate safety. He began his career as Health & Safety Consultant at Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Milwaukee (1993-2001). He then moved to the Twin Cities where he spent four years as Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist at Medtronic (2001-2005), three years as Environmental, Health & Safety Manager at Seagate Technology (2005-2008) and currently is Corporate Safety Director at AmeriPride Services in Minnetonka.

He has been recognized for his work at least five times--twice for reducing work-related injuries, once for developing a method of on-site hazardous waste treatment, once for recovering over $100,000 annually in precious metals that were previously land-filled and once for implementing a manufacturing equipment thermal imaging process to identify hot spots which could be potential fire causes. He is currently certified as both a Safety Professional and a Hazardous Materials Manager.

When not working, he is passionate about teaching kids the fundamentals of sports and competition and his satisfaction comes from teaching a youngster how to play a sport and build their confidence. In the Twin Cities, he's had the opportunity to teach kids the game of golf through the Fairway Foundation of St. Paul.

Davis and his wife Marquita are parents of two daughters: Maya, age 6, and Malayna, age 4.

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