About Coach Davis 

Davis, a 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa, was named the 2008 National Coach of the Year by six organizations, including the Associated Press, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News.

In his first season as a head coach, Davis led the Drake Bulldogs to a 28-5 mark, which included a 15-3 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. His team captured its first MVC regular season title since 1971 and its first ever MVC Tournament title. Drake became the first MVC school to win both the regular season and league tournament titles since 2002. For his efforts, he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs also made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1971. Drake was defeated in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament by Western Kentucky, 101-99, in overtime.

During the 2008 season, Drake was nationally ranked for a school-record eight consecutive weeks. The Bulldogs finished ranked 14th in the Associated Press Poll and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Davis had all this success in his first season after inheriting a team that was 17-15 in 2007 and lost four starters to graduation. His 2008 squad was picked to finish ninth in the MVC.

Prior to being selected as the head coach at Drake, Davis served as an assistant under his father, Dr. Tom Davis, at Drake from 2003-07. He began his coaching career in 1995 as an assistant under Bruce Pearl at Southern Indiana. He left Southern Indiana in 1997 and took an assistant position under Gary Garner at Southeast Missouri State. He was at Southeast Missouri State for six seasons.

Keno Davis was exposed to basketball at a very young age as he watched his father as a head coach. Dr. Tom Davis is one of the winningest coaches all-time in the NCAA. In 32 seasons as a head coach at Lafayette (1971-77), Boston College (1977-82), Stanford (1982-86), Iowa (1986-99) and Drake (2003-07), he registered a 598-355 mark (.628), which included 18 post-season appearances and 16 20-win seasons. He also was named the 1987 Associated Press National Coach of the Year. When Keno earned the same honor in 2007, it marked the first time ever that a father and son duo had captured the national coach of the year honor.

Keno Davis has written two books on basketball, "Pressure Defense," which was published in 1994, and "Camp Success," published in 2004.

Coaching Experience 2008-2011 Head Coach, Providence College 2007-2008 Head Coach, Drake University 2003-07 Assistant Coach, Drake University 1997-03 Assistant Coach, Southeast Missouri State 1995-97 Assistant Coach, Southern Indiana

Coaching Honors 2008 - Associated Press National Coach of the Year 2008 - U.S. Basketball Writers Coach of the Year 2008 - Sporting News Coach of the Year 2008 - CollegeHoops.net Coach of the Year 2008 - Basketball Times Coach of the Year 2008 - Hugh Durham Award - Mid Major Coach of the Year 2008 - Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year

YEAR SCHOOL RECORD PCT         TOUR.  
2007-08  Drake 28-5 .848       NCAA    
2008-11 Providence  46-50 .479       NIT

 

2012-16 Central Michigan   61-66 .480      

NIT, CIT

 
Career 9 years 135-121 .527          

 

THE DAVIS FACT FILE --

Full Name
Keno Davis

College
Iowa '95

2008-09 (19-14/10-8)...Led Providence to a 19-14 record and the school's 18th NIT appearance...The 19 wins and 10 BIG EAST victories were the most by the Friars since the 2003-04 season and the most by a first year coach at PC...Registered a 10-8 mark and seventh place finish in the BIG EAST...Helped Providence record the school's first BIG EAST Tournament victory since 2002-03 with an 83-74 victory over DePaul in the Second Round...PC earned two wins over ranked teams, including a 100-94 victory over No. 15 Syracuse and an 81-73 triumph versus No. 1 Pittsburgh...The victory over Pitt marked the school's first victory over a No. 1 ranked team since the 1976-77 season.

2007-08 (28-5/15-3)...Earned six National Coach of the Year honors, including, Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News... Led Drake to a 28-5 mark and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1971... His team captured its first MVC regular season title since 1971 and its first ever MVC Tournament title... Drake became the first MVC school to win both the regular season and league tournament titles since 2002. ... Was named MVC Coach of the Year... Registered a 15-3 mark in MVC action.... Drake was nationally ranked for a school-record eight consecutive weeks and finished 14th in the Associated Press Final Poll and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Final Poll...

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT KENO DAVIS --

``Keno Davis is one of the top young up-and-coming coaches in the industry. He has that combination that makes coaches successful at the highest level - he gets the most of out his players, is a terrific at evaluating talent and obviously he's proven - in just one season - that he can coach. You look at what he did at Drake in recruiting many of the players and then coaching them to the NCAA tournament in one of the season's biggest surprises a year ago and it was extremely impressive." -- FOXSports.com Senior Basketball Writer Jeff Goodman

"I can't remember a coach who made as big an impact in his `rookie' year as Keno Davis. But what gets lost in the fuss over how he did as a first-year head coach is that he was very much a part of building the Drake program to the point where it could enjoy that level of success. He didn't just walk in and take over a ready-made team. He helped to scout, recruit and coach the Drake players who came together in such a magical season. That's why I voted for him for coach of the year." -- Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy