Chris Davis, formerly an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Providence College in the Big East Conference, completed his fourth season with the Aggies this year.
Davis, who is involved in all aspects of UC Davis’ program, brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to the Aggies. Under his tutelage, teams from his previous schools earned two NCAA Tournament bids, and another two invitations to the National Invitation Tournament.
UC Davis head coach Jim Les noted Davis’ expertise as a recruiter and assistant when he said, while announcing his addition to the program, “Chris brings a wealth of experience and success to our staff. Having competed against Chris in the Missouri Valley Conference, I always respected his work ethic, recruiting prowess, and high basketball IQ. We are fortunate to have him join our staff and expect him to have a big impact in all aspects of our program.”
Davis’ first season at Providence in 2008-09 was a memorable one with the Friars winning 19 games overall - the most for a first-year staff in school history - including 10 against fellow Big East opponents. Providence was rewarded with a bid to the NIT.
He was also instrumental in the development of standout guard Marshon Brooks, who was second among NCAA scorers (24.6 ppg) throughout the 2010-11 season, leading to his selection in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
Prior to Providence, Davis served as the recruiting coordinator at Drake University, recruiting nearly every member of the Bulldogs’ 2008 MVC regular-season and tournament championship team, including the squad’s entire starting lineup. Among that group was Josh Young, the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Drake finished its historic season with a 28-5 record, was ranked as high as No. 14 by the Associated Press and earned the school’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 1971.
Davis began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Western Michigan in 1986 before becoming Grand Valley State’s first full-time assistant a year later. He later joined the staff at Kent State where he helped guide the Golden Flashes to a 1990 NIT appearance.
He returned to Western Michigan in 1995, helping the Broncos win 21 games and advance to the second round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education, with an emphasis in history and social studies, from the University of Michigan in 1983. He received his master’s in sports administration from Western Michigan in 1987.
Davis and his wife, Helen, have two children, Xavier and Gabriela.