Nick Decker enters his sixth season as Director of Football Operations for the Wildcats in 2019.
In his role at Davidson, Decker is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the football office, the coordination of team travel, assist with football camps and clinics and acts as a liaison to all university departments.
Prior to joining the Wildcats staff, Decker worked as an event coordinator at Anthony Travel before spending a year with the Miami Dolphins in 2013.
At Miami, Decker served as a football operations assistant where he managed training camp logistics and operations, along with assisting with player development, equipment and player personnel.
Before joining the Dolphins' staff, Decker spent two seasons at Ohio Dominican University as the Director of Football Operations.
Decker also interned with the Carolina Panthers in 2009.
A 2010 graduate of Ohio State, Decker received a Master’s degree from Ohio Dominican in 2013.
Beth Hayford started her career at Davidson College in the fall of 1994 and currently holds the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer.
She initially came to Davidson as an athletic training intern and was promoted to assistant athletic trainer in 1996 and was assigned to women’s soccer, women’s basketball, volleyball and lacrosse. In 2002, Hayford was named Head Athletic Trainer working specifically with football, women’s basketball and women’s tennis.
As Head Athletic Trainer, she administers all areas of the sports medicine department and oversees six full-time, licensed certified athletic trainers. She also serves as a preceptor for athletic training students from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Western Carolina University and has been involved in their clinical instruction since 2002.
Hayford has also served as the President for the Southern Conference Medical Society, Sports Medicine Committee for the Southern Conference, and Medical Director for numerous events including conference tournaments and the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. She is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Mid-Atlantic Trainer’s Association and College Athletic Trainer’s Association.
In addition to managing the sports medicine department, Hayford has also supervised the Equipment Room and the Strength and Conditioning Department since 2005.
Hayford completed her degree in Sports Medicine from Wingate University in 1993. Beth and her husband reside in Huntersville with their son, Thad.
Evan Simon is in his second stint as Davidson's Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Simon, who joins current assistant coaches Zach Rowell and Terrence Hearst, was previously the head strength and conditioning coach with the Wildcats from 2004-2006.
"It is great to be back at Davidson College," Simon said. "My wife and I could always see ourselves returning to this great area. I look forward to working with our student athletes and helping them grow and develop through a collaborative training plan with all areas of this great department."
"We are thrilled to have Evan back in this key position on our staff," former Director of Athletics Jim Murphy said of Davidson's newest addtion. "His familiarity with our operations and community will move him quickly along the learning curve."
Simon was most recently the head football strength and conditioning coach at Oregon State, where he served with the Beavers since January 2015. Prior to OSU, Simon spent two years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers to New Year's Day appearances in both the Capital One and the Outback Bowl.
Before Madison, Simon was the director of strength and conditioning at Utah State from August 2009-January 2013, and before that, served as an associate director for the strength and conditioning program at Utah, where he was part of a staff that went 13-0, defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and finished the season with a No. 2 national ranking, all following the 2008 season.
A native of Lexington Park, Md., Simon is a 2002 graduate of Frostburg State (Md.) with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, and earned his master's degree in 2004 from Kentucky in exercise physiology.
He and his wife Linda have two daughters, Abbi and Robyn.