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 43)
Easton, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1995 Iowa (asst.)
1995–1997 Southern Indiana (asst.)
1997–2003 Southeast Missouri (asst.)
2003–2007 Drake (asst.)
2007–2008 Drake
2008–2011 Providence
2012–present Central Michigan
Head coaching record
Overall 118–105 (.529)
Accomplishments and honors
MVC Regular Season Championship (2008)
MVC Tournament Championship (2008)
MAC Regular Season Championship (2015)

AP National Coach of the Year
Chevrolet Coach of the Year
The Sporting News Coach of the Year
Henry Iba Award Coach of the Year
Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year
Basketball Times Coach of the Year
Rawlings MVC Coach of the Year
MAC Coach of the Year

Skip Prosser Man of the Year

Keno Davis (born March 10, 1972) is an American college basketball coach entering his fourth season at Central Michigan University. Davis was previously head coach at Drake University for one season (2007–2008), where he was named the 2008 Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year, and at Providence College for three seasons (2008-2011). Davis also served as an assistant coach at Drake from 2003–2007 under his father Tom Davis prior to starting his coaching career.

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 1995–1997 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 by 6 organizations including the Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Davis left Drake University to join the Big East Conference as the head coach of Providence College in April 2008. Citing mediocre recruiting, poor on-court performance of his teams, and off-court issues marring the program, Providence College fired Davis after three seasons.[1] Davis joined the Big Ten Network as an analyst for the 2011-2012 college basketball season.

Davis was introduced by Central Michigan University as the Chippewas’ 20th head men’s basketball coach on April 3, 2012. Just four players would be on CMU's roster from the previous season (all of which would be reserves for Davis). One of the youngest teams in the country, the Chippewas found a way to win in double figures each season though only acquiring a 21-41 overall record.

Experience, hard work and patience paid off as CMU finished the 2014-2015 regular season 22-7 (12-6) and earned a #1 seed in the MAC conference tournament. “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.” [2]

2014-2015 Accomplishments[edit]

• 1st Conference Championship since 2002-2003

• 1st winning record since 2002-2003

• Highest season attendance in McGuirk Arena

• Made a program record and tied a MAC record 20 three-pointers versus SIU Edwardsville (20-of-35, 57%) on December 6, 2014

• Won at Northwestern 80-67 securing CMU’s first win against a Big Ten opponent since defeating Michigan 78-67 in Ann Arbor in 2007

• Chris Fowler became the 29th player in CMU program history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier for his career when he posted 26 points at Akron on January 17, 2015

• Swept the Buffalo Bulls for the first since the 1998-1999 season winning at home 84-73 and on the road 75-74

• Chris Fowler’s 42-point effort on February 4, 2015 against Bowling Green was a McGuirk Arena record and the most scored by a Chippewa since Chris Kaman posted 43 points against Ball State on February 19, 2003

• CMU’s 68-57 road win versus Ohio on February 10 was the program’s first in Athens since 2002 and gained the Chippewas a season series sweep of the Bobcats for the first time since 1988-1989

• In defeating Ohio (Feb. 10th) and Buffalo (Feb. 14th) away from home in the same week, CMU secured back-to-back road wins against MAC opponents for the first time since 2000-2001

• Chris Fowler (Dec. 1st and Feb. 9th) and John Simons (Jan. 26th) earned MAC West Player of the Week honors

• With 300 3-pointers posted through 29 regular season games, CMU broke the program record (250) for 3’s in a season

• Broke the program record for home wins in a season posting a record of 16-1 at home

• CMU’s overall 22 wins are the most wins in a season since the 2002-2003 season (25)

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 23–9 12–6 1st (West) NIT 1st Round
Central Michigan: 44–50 19–33
Total: 118–105

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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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