April 7, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mike Davis has taken the reins of the UAB men's basketball team as the native Alabamian and former head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers was named today as the fourth head basketball coach in the program's 28-year history. Interim Athletic Director Richard Margison made the announcement today in the Green and Gold Room at Bartow Arena.
"Mike brings a tremendous amount of energy and success to our program," Margison said. "His ability to recruit, play a demanding schedule and his style of play have proven to be a winning formula that I know our fans will appreciate and support."
Davis has been the head coach for Indiana University the past six years, compiling a 115-79 record. Additionally, his teams were 7-4 in the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the national championship game in 2002.
"UAB is a program that has been in the national spotlight and I look forward to the opportunity to make that spotlight shine even brighter," Davis said. "The support the fans and administration have shown for this program is tremendous. I and my players will do everything we can to grow that support and demonstrate it is deserved."
"Mike has a history of recruiting excellent young men who perform well not only on the basketball court, but also in the classroom and in everyday life," said UAB President Carol Garrison. "I am confident he will take our program to unprecedented heights."
Davis is a native of Fayette, Ala., and played collegiate basketball at the University of Alabama, where he was a four-year standout. After playing in Europe and in the Continental Basketball Association, Davis began his coaching career in Birmingham at Miles College in 1989. After one season, he headed to Venezuela, coaching the country's national team for two summers as well as professional teams there. He returned to the United States to coach in the Continental Basketball Association for five years, garnering the league championship once.
He then joined the University of Alabama staff as an assistant coach for two years (1995-97) before heading to Indiana and serving three years as an assistant (1997-2000) before taking over the program.
Davis is married to the former Tamilya Floyd. The couple has one son, Antoine. Additionally, Davis has another son, Mike Jr., and a daughter Lateesha. Davis earned a degree in telecommunications from Thomas Edison College in Trenton, N.J. He is 45.