|Mike Davis -
Mike Davis enters his sixth season at the helm of the UAB men's basketball program. Davis, who was hired as the program's fourth head coach on April 7, 2006, replaced former head coach Mike Anderson, who left UAB to become the head coach at the University of Missouri.
Through five seasons with the Blazers, Davis owns an impressive record of 107-57 (.652) overall and 53-27 (.663) in Conference USA play during his five years in Birmingham. He is now 222-136 (.620) in his 11years as a head coach.
Davis is coming off possibly his most successful season at UAB, as he guided the Blazers to the program's first-ever Conference USA regular season title. In doing so, he was named the 2011 Conference USA Coach of the Year, while also earning NABC All-District Coach of the Year accolades.
This past season, Davis guided the Blazers to an NCAA Tournament at-large berth with a record of 22-9 and a 12-4 mark in league play. UAB has now earned at least 20 victories in the regular season in four-straight years, marking the first time that feat has been in achieved in program history. The Blazers have also won at least 11 conference games in each of the past four years.
Davis also led his team to success off the court and in the classroom, as the Blazers achieved a team GPA of 3.0 during the 2010 fall semester. Additionally, the squad has now had four consecutive semesters of a perfect 1000 APR score.
Over his last four seasons alone, Davis has led the Blazers to a record of 92-41 (.692) and four consecutive postseason berths (three NITs and one NCAA Tournament). The postseason appearances stretch UAB's streak to eight NCAA or NIT showings over the program's last nine years. Last year's NCAA Tournament appearance also marked the 25th postseason appearance in the 33-year history of UAB basketball (14 NCAA appearances).
Davis etched his name in the record books as he became only the second coach in UAB lore to reach 90 wins in a four-year span. The only other coach in program history to accomplish the feat was Hall of Famer Gene Bartow, who reached the pinnacle with a school record 94 from 1983-87.
Davis has been even tougher on foes when playing at Bartow Arena. Over the last four seasons alone, he has guided the team to a 54-7 home record, including a perfect 31-0 home mark against non-conference opponents during regular season play (UAB has won 38 straight non-conference regular season home games overall).
In 2009-10, Davis led his team to a school record-tying 25 victories, finishing the year 25-9 overall. Not only did UAB tie the record for most wins in a season in school history, but Davis guided the Blazers to the best start in school history, winning 18 of their first 20 games. The 2009-10 team also made its way into the record books for winning percentage (T3rd - .735) and points allowed per game (3rd - 60.4).
Though the Blazers were left out of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Davis guided UAB to a third consecutive NIT berth. The Green and Gold hosted three-straight postseason games, defeating Coastal Carolina and North Carolina State before falling to defending national champion North Carolina in front of 8,889 fans. It was the 10th-largest crowd in Bartow Arena history.
In 2008-09, Davis led the team to a second-consecutive 20-win season and NIT berth, finishing the year with a 22-12 mark overall and an 11-5 C-USA record. As a result, the Blazers earned a second straight NIT berth.
Davis' second season was one for the record books as he led the Blazers to an overall record of 23-11 and a 12-4 mark in Conference USA play in 2007-08. The league record earned the Blazers a runner-up finish in the C-USA regular season standings.
The 23 victories were the third-most wins in a season in program history, while UAB's 12 league wins tied for the most conference victories in school history. Additionally, the Blazers' stellar 14-1 home record tied for the second-best home mark since UAB began playing at Bartow Arena. Under Davis' tutelage, UAB earned its 22nd postseason appearance by reaching the second round of the 2008 NIT.
Davis also orchestrated one of the greatest turnarounds in UAB lore by improving on the 15 wins in 2006-07 to 23 victories in 2007-08. The plus-eight win differential matched the best improvement in back-to-back seasons in school history. Following winning only 13 games in 2001-02, then-first-year head coach Mike Anderson captured 21 victories in 2002-03.
Following a tough first campaign on the job, finishing with a 15-16 overall record, Davis knew what he needed to do to turn things around. Davis and his staff logged a lot of miles and long hours to put together what many consider one of the best recruiting classes in program history. The Blazers' 2007-08 class was ranked among the top 25 in the nation by many recruiting service websites and magazines, and was picked as high as No. 9 in the nation according to CollegeHoops-Update.com.
The Fayette, Ala., native came to UAB from Indiana University, where he served as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 2000-06. While there, he compiled a 115-79 record. His teams typically have played some of their best basketball during the postseason, evidenced by Davis' 21-12 record in the month of March and his 7-4 NCAA Tournament mark, including a run to the national championship game in 2002.
Additionally, here are some more of his accomplishments at IU:
Davis is the first coach in Indiana history to begin his tenure with three straight 20-plus win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Davis led his team to a postseason appearance in five of his six years at IU, including four NCAA Tournaments.
Davis averaged 19.2 wins per season over his six-year Indiana coaching career.
Under Davis' guidance, Indiana defeated 24 ranked opponents.
Davis coached three NBA Draft picks.
Under Davis, the Hoosiers enjoyed considerable success, including a trip to the 2002 national championship game against Maryland. Although IU lost the contest, 64-52, Davis proved he was ready for big time basketball on a national level.
"I told my players that I'm excited to play and will play anyone at anytime, anywhere," Davis said. "Whoever wants to play us home-and-home, we will do it. I feel like that is an opportunity to fill the seats and get our players ready for March. I don't really care about winning 25 games a year, but what is important to me is that we are competing."
Named the 25th head coach in Indiana history on Sept. 12, 2000, Davis proved to have the most successful first season of any of his 24 predecessors. His 21 wins were four more than any other first-year IU head coach. His success was not limited to just IU, as his 21 victories ranked him second among first-year head coaches in the country in 2000-01.
Davis, selected as the 2001-02 National Coach of the Year by The Charlotte Observer, was one of just 14 of a total of 319 men's basketball coaches that season who guided a team that did not include a single senior. His team was the highest-ranked senior-less team, according to the RPI, and just one of two to make the NCAA Tournament.
The strong regular season and Big Ten Tournament earned the Hoosiers a No. 20 national ranking and a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest by an Indiana team since 1993.
Though new to the role of head coach, Davis already had contributed significantly to the Indiana program. He spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Hoosiers. His successful recruitment of several of the country's top prep players earned him national recognition at Indiana.
In addition to his recruiting success, he was been instrumental in the development of several players including A.J. Guyton, the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player in 2000, Kirk Haston, a first-round NBA selection in 2001, and 2002 Big Ten MVP and consensus second-team All-American Jared Jeffries, who was the 11th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards.
In Davis' three seasons as an IU assistant, the Hoosiers compiled a 63-32 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three seasons.
Davis came to Indiana after a two-year stint (1995-97) as an assistant coach under David Hobbs at the University of Alabama. The 1995-96 Crimson Tide posted a 23-10 record and advanced to the NIT Final Four.
Davis' coaching tenure with Alabama marked his return to the Crimson Tide. The Fayette, Ala. native spent his collegiate-playing career with the Tide after earning the state's Mr. Basketball honor and All-America status in 1979.
He was a standout for four seasons at Alabama and finished his career in the Top 25 on the Crimson Tide's all-time scoring list with 1,211 points. In his first season, he played for the legendary C.M. Newton and then spent his final three years playing under another coaching legend, Wimp Sanderson. He averaged 10.1 points per game for his career and ranks third all-time on the school's steals list with 165.
During his four seasons at Alabama, the Crimson Tide posted an 80-42 record and advanced to two NIT and two NCAA Tournaments.
He won Alabama's Hustle Award all four of his seasons in Tuscaloosa and was named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Defensive team his senior year.
Following his playing career at Alabama, Davis was a second-round selection of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1983 NBA Draft. He would spend the next two seasons playing in Switzerland, where he was named to the league's all-star team, and also in Italy. He played the 1988-89 season with the Topeka Sizzlers of the Continental Basketball Association.
The following season, Davis began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Miles College in Birmingham, Ala. He stayed at Miles for the 1989-90 season and then coached in Venezuela, directing the country's national team for two summers as well as professional teams in that country.
Davis returned to the United States and the CBA in 1990 and worked with the Wichita Falls Texans.
The first season with the Texans proved to be a championship one. After struggling with a 16-22 record, the club won 16 of its final 18 contests to finish with a 32-24 overall record. In the conference playoffs, the Texans upset both division champions --Tulsa (3-1) and Albany (4-2). The Texans then edged Quad Cities, 4-3, in a dramatic Finals.
The 1991-92 Texans posted a 28-28 overall record and finished second in the Southern Division before losing in the second round of the playoffs to Rapid City, S.D. In 1992-93, Davis helped guide the Texans to a franchise-best 34-22 record and its first-ever Western Division title. The club finished the year with a 21-7 homecourt record. During the 1993-94 season, he helped guide the Texans to a second-place finish in the Western Division and the club featured two of the league's top performers in guard Stephen Bardo, the CBA's Defensive Player of the Year, and first team All-CBA selection Henry James.
In 1994, the Wichita franchise relocated to Chicago, and Davis moved with the team not only as an assistant coach, but also as a player. Despite not having played for five years, the then 35-year-old Davis averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest for the Rockers.
He played in 56 games (35 starts) and was second on the team with 31.5 minutes played per outing. Davis shot 80 percent from the free throw line and finished fourth in the league's Defensive Player of the Year voting. The Rockers posted a 28-28 regular season mark and earned a trip to the conference finals. It was there they were swept by the Pittsburgh Pirahnas in three games.
During his CBA coaching career, Davis tutored several eventual NBA players such as Ennis Whatley, Derrick Phelps, Bardo, John Lucas, Roy Tarpley, Fred Roberts, James, Elston Turner, Cedric Ball, Walter Bond, David Wesley and Jaren Jackson.
Davis was born September 15, 1960, in Fayette, Ala., and is married to the former Tamilya Floyd. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Antoine. Davis is also the father of 26-year-old son, Mike, Jr. and a daughter Lateesha, 31. He earned a degree in telecommunications from Thomas Edison College.