Winthrop University

Newberry College hoops coach leaving for in-state Division I job

Newberry College basketball coach Dave Davis is leaving the school for a job on the Division I level.

Davis has accepted a job as an assistant at Winthrop under Pat Kelsey. He has been at Newberry for the past nine years and had seven winning seasons in the span and a record of 143-113.

“There is not a more respected and well-liked college coach in America than Dave Davis, especially in the southeast,” Kelsey said in a release. “His relationships with coaches at all levels is amazing as is the tree of coaches that he has developed under him. It is very difficult in our profession to be as successful as Dave and have no enemies. That’s why he is special. He has over 450 wins at the collegiate level and is one of the most innovative basketball minds I know. His hire is a coup for our program.”

Davis’ teams were known for their offense, and the Wolves led the conference in scoring seven of the nine years he was there. Newberry had five of the six highest win totals in program history under Davis. including the program’s second 20-win season as an NCAA institution and a second-place league finish in 2014-15.

“Dave Davis has been incredibly important to Newberry College and the Newberry community since the day he arrived on campus, and will always be incredibly important to all of us that love him,” Newberry athletics director Ralph Patterson said.

“I met Dave 33 years ago when he was a young, red-haired assistant coach at Warren Wilson, and we’ve been friends ever since. I’m very proud of all that Dave has accomplished as a head coach at Warren Wilson, Barton, Pfeiffer, and Newberry. He’s made a difference in the lives of literally thousands of basketball players and coaches, and he has in mine, too. Please join me in thanking Dave, and his awesome wife Pam, and wishing them the absolute best in the next step of their journey.”

The Wolves went 10-18 this season.

Before Newberry, Davis coached at Warren Wilson, Pfeiffer and Barton. He was at Pfeiffer from 1996-2010 and has 496 wins in his career.

Davis’ 2009-10 Pfeiffer team finished as the highest scoring team in Division II at 103.1 points per game and his teams led the country, Division I and II in scoring five times.