Now there is an official announcement and press conference confirming that Mike Davis has been named head basketball coach at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Davis becomes the 22nd head coach in program history.
Robert C. Vowels, Jr. Director of Athletics at Detroit Mercy, said that the hiring of Davis gives the men's basketball team a proven coach who works well with student athletes and has big-game experience.
"We are pleased to have Mike Davis join us as our new men's basketball head coach," he said. "Mike has achieved great success as a coach and leader of young men, and as an individual, he reflects the values upon which our University is built. I am confident he will help return Titan basketball to a championship level."
Detroit Mercy President Antoine Garibaldi said that with Coach Davis's experience, he will be a strong representative of the University's Jesuit and Mercy mission and attract players from around the country.
"Coach Davis has not only proven that he can win on the basketball court, but he has also demonstrated that his players can excel in the classroom, as demonstrated by his team GPA of 3.0, four consecutive semesters of a perfect 1000 Academic Progress Rate and graduation of 18 of 20 players over his last six years at his previous institution. I am confident that his motivation and inspiration will energize the entire university and the city of Detroit," Garibaldi said.
Davis comes to Detroit Mercy from Texas Southern University (TSU), where he spent the last six seasons building the Tigers into a perennial power in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) with five postseason tournament appearances, including four NCAA bids.
"First and foremost, I'd like to thank God for this opportunity. I'd also like to thank the President, Dr. Antoine Garibaldi and Athletics Director, Robert Vowels, Jr. of Detroit Mercy for entrusting me with their men's basketball program," Coach Davis said. "I am enthusiastic and optimistic about its future. My family and I look forward to getting to know the city of Detroit as well as the students, faculty, administration, alumni, donors and fans," he added.
In his six seasons at Texas Southern, he posted a 115-89 (.564) record, including an 88-20 mark in conference play. His teams won four regular-season titles, four conference tournament championships and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments. In his final season at the helm of TSU, the Tigers won their first-ever NCAA Tournament game as they defeated North Carolina Central in the First Four.