Assistant Coach Chris Davis

Chris Davis joined the Drake coaching staff in 2000 and has developed into a key figure in the success of Bulldog basketball.

"Chris has done a good job for me in helping to ease my transition to Drake," said Drake head coach Tom Davis. "He is highly respected in the Missouri Valley Conference and I look forward to working with him. He is a proven recruiter and understands the mission of Drake University."

Davis, 43, a native of Jackson, Mich., is a veteran collegiate assistant. Prior to his arrival at Drake, he served as assistant basketball coach at Western Michigan, coordinating recruiting for the Broncos.

During his tenure there he helped the Broncos win the Mid-American Conference regular season championship in 1997-98 (21-7 record) and advance to the second round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament where the Broncos lost to eventual Final Four participant Stanford. In 1995-96, Davis helped guide Western Michigan to a second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference. During his five seasons on the Western Michigan staff, the Broncos knocked off national powers Michigan (twice), Clemson and North Carolina-Charlotte.

Davis also served as an assistant coach at Mid-American Conference rival Kent State from 1989-1995, helping Kent State finish runner-up in the Mid-American Conference in 1989-90 while participating in the 1990 NIT. He was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Grand Valley State University from 1987-89. While at Grand Valley State, the Lakers compiled a 40-18 record and twice finished second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

At Drake, Davisı responsibilities include recruiting, overseeing the offense, individual skill development, opponentıs advance scouting, game-plan preparation and assisting with the strength and conditioning program with strength coach Jason Roberson.

Davis is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and is a past member of the NABCıs Assistant Coaches Committee and the Research Committee.

Davis received a bachelor's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in history and social studies from the University of Michigan in 1983. He earned his master's degree in sports administration from Western Michigan in 1987.

Chris and his wife, Helen, have an 13-year-old son, Xavier, and a nine-year-old daughter, Gabriela.

Davis' hobbies include golf, racquetball and traveling with his family.