WILBERFORCE, Ohio - The Central State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has selected Antonio O. Davis to serve as CSU's next head men's basketball coach. Davis takes over a CSU program that was 17-13 last season with a 11-8 ledger in SIAC play.`
Coach Davis comes to CSU with an extensive coaching background while consistently displaying integrity and a tireless dedication to the development his student-athletes," says CSU Director of Athletics Tara A. Owens. "With his unmatched enthusiasm for the game of basketball, we are confident that Coach Davis will instill a winning culture both on and off the court while creating a quality collegiate experience for our students."
Known as a disciplinarian, master tactician and motivator who believes in a family atmosphere, Davis has developed programs of well-rounded student athletes throughout his coaching career. He comes to Central State with 17 years of head coaching experience and 29 years of overall coaching at the collegiate level.
"It is an exciting time for Marauder basketball. I express my sincere gratitude to President Dr. Jack Thomas, Director of Athletics Tara A. Owens, and the CSU community for the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program," says Davis. "We will have a drive to be the best in everything we do. I am eager to instill a culture of discipline as well as a winning mindset as we embark on this new era of Marauder basketball."
A 2020 CIAA Hall of Famer, Davis spent the previous three seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Elizabeth City State University. At ECSU, he developed four all-conference selections while routinely advancing in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament each season.
He has also been a head coach at Morristown College (1987-88), Livingstone College (1988-91), Kentucky State University (1993-98), and Saint Augustine's University (2001-07).