June 25, 2008
From Colgate Athletic Communications
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Colgate University Head Men's Basketball Coach Emmett Davis has announced the appointment of Nathan Davis as assistant coach.
Davis, 34, replaces Kelvin Jefferson, who was named Director of Basketball Operations at the South Kent School in Connecticut.
"We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Nathan Davis as our new top assistant coach," said Emmett Davis. "Nathan has a wealth of successful experience in Division I and great familiarity with the Patriot League. His recruiting abilities helped land reigning Patriot League Player of the Year, Greg Sprink, at Navy and was a major factor in Bucknell's recent unprecedented success under Pat Flannery which included back-to-back Patriot League Championships.
"In addition to his recruiting skills, Nathan is an outstanding teacher and basketball strategist and will be a tremendous asset on the bench as we build on last year's 18-win season and runner-up effort in the Patriot League championship game."
Davis comes to Colgate after five seasons as an assistant coach at Bucknell University, where he was responsible in all aspects of the program under Head Coach Pat Flannery. He assisted with scouting and player development and was recruiting coordinator. On a number of occasions, he served as interim head coach when Flannery missed games because of illness.
During his tenure, the Bison won 99 games including two Patriot League regular-season championships, two Patriot League Tournament championships and made two NCAA Tournament appearances. During both of Bucknell's NCAA appearances, the Bison pulled first round upsets over Kansas in 2005 and Arkansas in 2006. In 2006 Bucknell finished 24th in the nation in the Coaches Poll.
Davis came to Lewisburg prior to the 2003-04 season having served as an assistant coach at Navy for the previous five years. While in Annapolis he served as head coach Don DeVoe's chief western recruiter, landing numerous top prospects from that region. Davis helped guide the Midshipmen to Patriot League championship game appearances in 2000 and 2001, and he served as director of the Navy Basketball Camps.
A native of Bethesda, Md., Davis graduated in 1997 from Randolph-Macon College with majors in history and sociology. He earned four varsity letters in basketball and served as team co-captain in both his junior and senior years. A two-time all-conference selection, Davis scored 983 career points and was one of only five players in school history to have more than 500 career rebounds, 300 career assists and 100 career steals. He helped the Yellow Jackets to the 1996 NCAA Division III Tournament.
After serving as a student assistant coach while completing his degree at Randolph-Macon in 1996-97, Davis spent one year as an assistant coach at Emory and Henry College before moving on to the U.S. Naval Academy.