Keno Davis

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Keno Davis
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Team Central Michigan
Biographical details
Born (1972-03-10) March 10, 1972 (age 42)
Easton, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Iowa (asst.)
Southern Indiana (asst.)
Southeast Missouri (asst.)
Drake (asst.)
Central Michigan
Head coaching record
Overall 116–102 (.532)
Accomplishments and honors
MVC Regular Season Championship (2008)
MVC Tournament Championship (2008)
AP National Coach of the Year (2008)
Chevrolet Coach of the Year (2008)
The Sporting News Coach of the Year (2008)
Henry Iba Award Coach of the Year (2008)
Hugh Durham Award Mid-Major Coach of the Year (2008)
Basketball Times Coach of the Year (2008)
MVC Coach of the Year (2008)

Keno Davis (born March 10, 1972) is an American college basketball coach at Central Michigan University. Davis was previously head coach at Drake University for one season (2007–2008), when he was named the 2008 Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year. Davis also served as an assistant coach at Drake from 2003–2007 under his father Tom Davis.

Coaching career[edit]

Davis served as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Iowa under his father from 1991–1995. After graduating, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Southern Indiana from 1995–97 and at Southeast Missouri State University from 1997–2003. He rejoined his father as an assistant coach after the elder Davis was named head coach at Drake University in April 2003. When his father retired in 2007, Keno Davis became the team's head coach, and led the Bulldogs to a 28–5 record and a berth in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Following the season, Davis was named the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year. After just one season as head coach at Drake, Davis left the school to join the Big East Conference as the head coach of Providence College in April 2008.

On February 24, 2009, Davis coached Providence to possibly the biggest win of his coaching career, knocking off Pittsburgh, who were at the time were ranked #1 in the AP Poll. In his first season at Providence, Davis led the team to an 18–12 regular season record, which also included a win over #15 Syracuse, a 10–8 Big East Conference record, and a win in the 2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to eventual champion Louisville. The Friars were then defeated in the first round of the 2009 National Invitation Tournament by Miami.

Citing generally marginal recruiting, the historically poor on-court performance of his teams, and a variety of off-court issues marring the program, Providence College fired Davis after only three seasons. [1] Davis joined the Big Ten Network as an analyst for the 2011-2012 college basketball season.

Coach Davis was introduced by Central Michigan University as the Chippewas’ 20th head men’s basketball coach on April 3, 2012. In his inaugural season, Davis's team finished at 11–20, a slight improvement on the team's 10–21 record the year before. Their seven non-conference victories matched the 2002–2003 team’s mark, and were their most non-conference wins in the last 25 years. Four freshmen started for Coach Davis during the final 10 games of the season.

Under Coach Davis, Chris Fowler set the program record for a freshman with 167 assists, which ranks fourth all-time in single season history, securing him a spot on the All-MAC Freshman team. Fellow guard Kyle Randall led the MAC in scoring in 2013, averaging 18.7 points per game against conference opponents, en route to earning Second Team All-MAC and NABC All-District recognition.

Entering Davis’ third season with the Chippewas, multiple student-athletes have already made their mark in the Central Michigan University record book. Under Coach Davis’ leadership, Chris Fowler dished out 163 assists as a sophomore, adding to his impressive freshman campaign of 167 assists. Fowler now sits in seventh place on the career assists list, totaling 339 assists in just 62 games. Blake Hibbitts also entered the CMU record book, moving into 10th place in career three-pointers made (133) and attempted (368). Braylon Rayson totaled 333 points in the 2013-14 season, ranking seventh all-time among CMU freshmen.

As a sophomore, Fowler was named to the NABC All-District Second Team. [2]

Sophomore John Simons and Fowler were named on the Academic All Mid-American Conference team.

“We’re very proud of the accomplishments of our fine student-athletes,” said Davis. “This speaks to the commitment of our basketball program to represent Central Michigan University, the community of Mount Pleasant, and the Mid-American Conference with the highest integrity.”

“These players represent part of the very strong foundation of our program going forward as we strive to compete for championships on the court, and continue to work to represent the high standards of the university and the community.” [3]

Coach Davis brings in a highly regarded 2014 recruiting class. Addison (Mich.) native Luke Meyer signed his letter of intent to be a Chippewa during the 2013 fall signing period. Joining the 6-10 Meyer is fellow Michigander DaRohn Scott, a 6-8 ½ forward from Grand Rapids. Filling out Davis’ recruiting class is 6-3 guard Filip Medjo from Belgrade, Serbia.

“Not only have the immediate needs for next year’s team been addressed with this recruiting class but the talent and competitive drive of the players will help us become an elite team in the MAC for years to come,” Davis said about his 2014 class. [4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Drake (Missouri Valley Conference) (2007–2008)
2007–08 Drake 28–5 15–3 1st NCAA 1st Round
Drake: 28–5 15–3
Providence (Big East Conference) (2008–2011)
2008–09 Providence 19–14 10–8 T–7th NIT 1st Round
2009–10 Providence 12–19 4–14 15th
2010–11 Providence 15–17 4–14 14th
Providence: 46–50 18–36
Central Michigan (Mid-American Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Central Michigan 11–20 4–12 5th (West)
2013–14 Central Michigan 10–21 3–15 5th (West)
2014–15 Central Michigan 21–5 11–4
Central Michigan: 42–46 18–31
Total: 116–101

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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