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Keno Davis
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Iowa
Graduating Year: 1995
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: (989) 774-4302
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Davis Videos
Keno Davis
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 04/03/2012

In his first season as head coach at Central Michigan, Keno Davis led the 2013 Chippewas to the program’s most non-conference wins since 2002 and to seven non-conference victories, the most by a CMU team in the last 25 years.

Under Davis, Chris Fowler set the program record for a freshman with 176 assists, which also ranks third 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.

Davis’ stress on work ethic translated into the classroom during the first semester. When grades were finalized at the end of the fall semester, half of the Chippewas’ 12 scholarship players had at least a 3.5 grade point average and eight of the 12 had at least a 3.0. The team combined for a 3.15 GPA, its best semester in a decade, and, individually, Zach Saylor was named to the Academic All-MAC team.


Coach Davis Mic'd Up

Though only at the head of the CMU program for just over a calendar year, Davis’ positive and uplifting message has clearly struck an immediate chord with Chippewa fans. His Twitter account boasts 20,000-plus followers, more than the other coaches from all MAC schools combined, ranking Davis 13th among all Division I head coaches and first among all mid-major programs. 

DAVIS’ BACKGROUND IS STEEPED IN TRADITION AND SUCCESS
Former consensus national coach of the year Keno Davis was introduced by Central Michigan University Athletics Director Dave Heeke as the Chippewas' 20th head men's basketball coach April 3, 2012.

Davis, 40, brings four years of Division I head coaching experience and was named the 2008 coach of the year by six national organizations, including the Associated Press, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News. Through one season at Drake and three at Providence he compiled a 74-55 (.574) record and made two postseason appearances.

In his first season as a head coach, 2007-08, Davis led the Drake Bulldogs to a 28-5 mark, which included a 15-3 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. His team captured its first MVC regular season title since 1971 and its first ever MVC Tournament title. Drake became the first league school to win both the regular season and tournament titles since 2002, and the Bulldogs made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1971.

That season, Drake was nationally ranked for a school-record eight consecutive weeks. The Bulldogs finished 14th in the Associated Press Poll and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Davis had all this success in his first season after inheriting a team that was 17-15 in 2007 and lost four starters to graduation. He led a squad that was picked to finish ninth in the MVC to the program's first top-25 ranking since 1974-75.

Moving to Providence after just one season at Drake, Davis quickly got to work as he guided the Friars to a 19-14 mark in 2008-09. Although the Friars were picked 12th in the 2009 BIG EAST Preseason Poll, the squad posted a 10-8 record in league play and finished tied for seventh. Leading the team to 19 victories, he established a program record for the most wins by a first-year head coach. During the regular season, he earned two victories over top-15 teams, including an 81-73 win over No. 1 Pittsburgh. Davis also led the team to its first BIG EAST tournament victory since 2003 and into the postseason as the Friars earned an at-large bid to the NIT.

In 2009-10 Davis' team was one of the top offensive squads in the country, scoring 82.4 points per game and ranking third in the nation in that category. The 2010-11 season was highlighted by senior Marshon Brooks earning multiple All-America honors before becoming a first-round NBA Draft selection.

Prior to being selected as the head coach at Drake, Davis served as an assistant under his father, Dr. Tom Davis, at Drake from 2003-07. He began his coaching career in 1995 as an assistant for two years under Bruce Pearl at Southern Indiana then took an assistant position under Gary Garner at Southeast Missouri State from 1997-2003.

Davis was exposed to basketball at a very young age as he watched his father become one of the NCAA's all-time winningest coaches. In 32 seasons as a head coach at Lafayette (1971-77), Boston College (1977-82), Stanford (1982-86), Iowa (1986-99) and Drake (2003-07), he registered a 598-355 mark (.628), which included 18 postseason appearances and 16 20-win seasons. He also was named the 1987 Associated Press National Coach of the Year. When Keno earned the same honor in 2008, it marked the first time that a father and son duo had captured the national coach of the year honor. The father-son duo has combined for 671 victories and a 62.0 winning percentage that ranks 11th among father-son coaching combinations.