March 16, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- UAB Director of Athletics Brian Mackin announced on Friday that men's basketball coach Mike Davis will not be retained after six seasons as head coach.
"After considerable evaluation, we have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men's basketball program," Mackin said. "One of the considerations in this decision is that we have seen a growing apathy among our fan base that has resulted in a decrease in attendance and ticket revenue.
"We appreciate the efforts and contributions that Mike has made to UAB and our basketball program over the last six years and wish him nothing but success in the future."
Davis was hired as UAB's head coach in April of 2006 and compiled a record of 122-73 (.626) during his six seasons. Under Davis, the Blazers reached the NCAA Tournament once (2011) and made three NIT appearances.
In the 2011-12 season that was just completed, UAB finished with a 15-16 record, only the third losing season in the program's history and second in the last six years.
"I want to thank Dr. Carol Garrison, Brian Mackin, and especially all the fans and people in Birmingham," Davis said. "I respect their decision and really appreciate the opportunity to be the head men's basketball coach at UAB."
Davis came to UAB after six seasons as the head coach at Indiana. He has a 12-year career coaching record of 237-152.
A national search for a new basketball coach will begin immediately.
Executive search services will be provided by Carr Sports Consulting, LLC. Nominations of candidates and expressions of interest in the position should be forwarded to Bill Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org