Hubert Davis first Black Head Men’s Basketball Coach at North Carolina

All Hubert Davis wanted was an opportunity. After completing his ninth season as a member of Roy Williams’ coaching staff, the opportunity to coach his alma mater was one Hubert Davis could not pass up. The University of North Carolina hired Davis as its next men’s basketball coach replacing long time coaching legend Roy Williams.

Davis played at North Carolina from 1988-1992 under legendary head coach Dean Smith and still holds the school’s career 3 pt. percentage at .435.

“I love this University. I played here. I earned my degree here. I fell in love with my wife here. I got married here. I moved here after I retired from the NBA and I have raised my family here. I am proud to lead this team and I can’t wait for all that comes next.”

Davis’ credentials speak for themself. The Burke, Va. native played in 137 games as a Tar Heel from 1988-92 while scoring 1,615 points during that span. Averaging 21.4 points per game as a senior, Davis earned second team All ACC honors while scoring 20 or more points in 20 games and 30 or more in four games.

After spending 18 seasons at the University of North Carolina and winning three national championships, Williams’ choice to be his successor would have been Davis. Previously, Williams stated he “would like for it to be a Carolina guy.” Davis now becomes the first Black Basketball Head Coach in the University of North Carolina history.

Davis will take over a UNC program that finished 18-11 this past season losing to Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Knowing the expectations at UNC and a legacy left behind by Roy Williams, Davis is just thankful the opportunity has finally arrived.

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