Chris Davis has been hired as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the Air Force Academy, according to an announcement from head coach Dave Pilipovich. Davis comes to the Academy from Central Michigan where he spent last season as the director of player development and video coordinator.
“Our staff has known Chris Davis for over 20 years,” Pilipovich said. “We have seen his recruiting success, his player development success, and the teams that he was a part of have post season success. We are excited to add him to our staff and he will aid us in continuing to develop our young men on and off the floor.”
Davis was responsible for opponent scouting, post-game self-scouts, player development and supervision of video productions. Prior to working at CMU, Davis worked at UC Davis from 2011-16 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Aggies to the 2015 Big West championship and a post-season berth in the National Invitational Tournament.
Davis was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Providence College from 2008-11. He coordinated the national recruiting efforts for Providence while there. The Friars posted 19 overall wins and 10 Big East wins in 2009, the most in school history for a first-year staff. The team went to the NIT that season while posting a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams, including No. 1 Pittsburgh. The staff posted two more wins over nationally-ranked teams, one each in 2010 and 2011. Providence also had a 92 percent graduation rate during his tenure.
Davis worked at Drake from 2000-08 for three head coaches, including current Air Force assistant coach Kurt Kanaskie, from 2000-03. He was an assistant for Dr. Tom Davis from 2003-07 before becoming the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator from 2007-08 for Keno Davis. He helped the program to the Missouri Valley regular season championship that season. The team was ranked nationally and posted a 100 percent graduation rate.
Davis coached at Western Michigan as an assistant from 1995-2000, helping the program to an NCAA tournament appearance in 1998 and a Mid-American Conference divisional championship that same season. He was an assistant at Kent State from 1989-92 for Jim McDonald and from 1992-95 for Dave Grube. The program made an NIT appearance in 1990.
Davis was an assistant coach at Grand Valley State from 1987-89 and helped the program to a 40-18 record and two second place finishes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1988, 1989).
Davis is a 1983 graduate of the Michigan, where he earned his bachelor’s in social studies. He later earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Western Michigan in 1987. He began his coaching career at Western Michigan as a graduate assistant from 1986-87.
He played collegiately at Jackson Community College in Michigan from 1980-81 where he earned his associate’s degree before attending Michigan. Davis is active in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Black Coaches Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action.
Davis replaces Dante Jackson, who left to take a position at Robert Morris.