Daryl Davis Named One of the Top 100 UCF Knights Male Athletes of All Time

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Congratulations to our very own Daryl Davis, assistant vice president, analytics and reporting, for being named one of the Top 100 University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights Male Athletes of All Time.

Daryl was a four-year basketball starter at UCF from 1991-1995, scoring 1,540 career points, which ranks 9th all-time at the University of Central Florida, and pulling down 500 career rebounds, according to UCF’s website. Davis also ranks 8th all-time in assists (294). He led UCF to its first NCAA Tournament in Division I (D-I) in 1994 and was inducted into the UCF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

“This is truly an honor and I really do appreciate being recognized as one of the top male athletes of all time. Especially after looking at some of the names that I was ahead of,” said Daryl. “It gives me a warm feeling to know that all of the hard work and time I put into perfecting my craft (basketball) was much appreciated … I often attend UCF sporting events, and I have seen the growth of the school and the sports programs and it makes me feel good to know that I was a critical part of building what they have today.”

Daryl, who has been at Valencia for 14 years, started at the College as an institutional research analyst and was promoted to director of institutional research prior to moving to his current position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in computer information systems.

Until November 2019, Daryl, who said he still plays basketball twice a week, coached Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, a role he held for a decade. While coaching, he said his goal was to teach his team “how to be productive young men first by teaching them all of the qualities that sports has taught me.”

He added playing sports at Division-I level prepared him for the world and the workplace “more than any other experience I have had.”

“Through sports, I learned how to set goals and work hard to achieve those goals,” he said. “Also, playing in front of very large crowds taught me how to perform under pressure. I also think that losing in sports teaches you how to handle disappointments, forcing you to go back to the drawing board to see what you did wrong in an effort to improve for the next game.”

Join us in congratulating Daryl by submitting your comments below.


  • Chara Young said:

    Wow, that's awesome. Congratulations, Daryl!

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 18:05:13 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:05:13 +0000pm20,6:05 pm

  • Amy Bosley said:

    Go Daryl…and Go Knights!

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 18:42:13 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:42:13 +0000pm20,6:42 pm

  • Karen Murray said:


    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 20:09:31 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 20:09:31 +0000pm20,8:09 pm

  • Sheila Short & Family said:

    Congratulations to my cousin, we are and have always been so proud of you. We love you!

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 21:01:26 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:01:26 +0000pm20,9:01 pm

  • Stanton Reed said:

    You are truly a game changer and a role model to many. Daryl, Congratulations!!

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 21:17:02 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:17:02 +0000pm20,9:17 pm

  • Melissa G. Carrier said:

    Congratulations Daryl!

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 21:20:16 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:20:16 +0000pm20,9:20 pm

  • Roberta Carew said:

    Congrats, Daryl! Never cease to impress. It’s been a pleasure to work with you for so many years. You deserve all these accolades and many more.

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 21:53:43 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:53:43 +0000pm20,9:53 pm

  • Anonymous said:

    Congratulations Daryl! Thank you for being a great partner and for all that you do to inform our work!

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 22:48:31 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 22:48:31 +0000pm20,10:48 pm

  • Alex Erdmann said:

    Great Article Daryl! I appreciate all your help. Cheers!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 06:07:11 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 06:07:11 +0000am20,6:07 am

  • Patti Smith said:

    Congratulations to you Daryl!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 06:55:26 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 06:55:26 +0000am20,6:55 am

  • Jackie Lasch said:

    Congratulations Daryl! I know how much hard work, dedication and talent it takes to play basketball at a collegiate level, but to (literally) be a game changer is an incredible achievement. I am so happy for you!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 08:02:25 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:02:25 +0000am20,8:02 am

  • Lauren Z said:

    Very cool! Congratulations! GKCO!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 08:12:01 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:12:01 +0000am20,8:12 am

  • Talia Popovski said:

    Congratulations Daryl! Go Knights!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 08:43:27 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:43:27 +0000am20,8:43 am

  • christy cheney said:

    Way to go Daryl – Go Knights!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 08:45:28 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:45:28 +0000am20,8:45 am

  • Nichole Segarra said:

    That's pretty awesome, Daryl! Congratulations!! Go Knights!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 09:22:40 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:22:40 +0000am20,9:22 am

  • Michelle Sever said:

    Congratulations, Daryl. A great accomplishment!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 10:15:36 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:15:36 +0000am20,10:15 am

  • Woods Family said:

    Congrats – Awesome accomplishments and your recognition is well deserved. Keep striding as your biggest accomplishments and blessings are still out there waiting for you to collect!!

    PMWed, 15 Jul 2020 12:28:29 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:28:29 +0000pm20,12:28 pm

  • Edna Jones Miller said:

    Awesome! Congratulations Daryl!

    PMWed, 15 Jul 2020 14:59:38 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:59:38 +0000pm20,2:59 pm

  • Anna S & Family said:

    Congrats, Daryl! You've set the standards pretty high for the Davis' home team that's on the rise. Staying tuned….all the best!

    PMWed, 15 Jul 2020 22:23:53 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 22:23:53 +0000pm20,10:23 pm

  • Allie Yadav said:

    Wow, that's so cool! I didn't know you were a collegiate athlete! Congrats on receiving this honor!

    AMThu, 16 Jul 2020 11:04:55 +0000Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:04:55 +0000am20,11:04 am

  • Ruby said:

    Congratulations Daryl!

    AMThu, 16 Jul 2020 11:39:32 +0000Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:39:32 +0000am20,11:39 am

  • Stacy Ramos said:

    Congratulations Daryl!!

    PMFri, 17 Jul 2020 17:41:33 +0000Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:41:33 +0000pm20,5:41 pm

  • Tanisha D Carter said:

    Congrats Daryl- Well Deserved!!

    PMSun, 19 Jul 2020 16:48:26 +0000Sun, 19 Jul 2020 16:48:26 +0000pm20,4:48 pm

  • Angela Mendolaro said:

    This is awesome! Congratulations, Daryl!

    PMMon, 20 Jul 2020 17:20:20 +0000Mon, 20 Jul 2020 17:20:20 +0000pm20,5:20 pm

  • Lisa Musrock said:

    Daryl….I had no idea what a great athlete you are! This is wonderful!!

    AMTue, 21 Jul 2020 11:03:26 +0000Tue, 21 Jul 2020 11:03:26 +0000am20,11:03 am

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