Following-up on something that I reported last week (D2 DIRT). Josh Davis has officially been announced as the new head men’s basketball coach at Murray State College. Here’s the release from the college:
Murray State College is excited to announce the hiring of Josh Davis as the next head coach of its men’s basketball program. Davis brings over ten years of collegiate coaching experience to Murray State College.
“We are thrilled to have Josh, his wife Kimberly, and daughter Audrey join the Aggie family,” said Murray State College Athletic Director Aaron Mullens. “Coach Davis represents everything the hiring committee was searching for, and we are eager to see the success that he will bring to the men’s basketball team on and off the court. At his previous coaching stops, he has demonstrated the ability to help young men grow and develop. Coach Davis will be a tremendous asset to the Murray State College campus and the Tishomingo community.”
Davis comes to Murray State from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he was associate head coach. In his four years at OBU, Davis recruited and coached 11 All-GAC team selections, won one regular-season GAC championship, and made two NCAA Division II Tournament berths.
“I could go on and on about all of the many wonderful character traits of Josh Davis as a coach and a man, but to simplify it all, he is the total package. I have had the unbelievable privilege to witness him in every imaginable situation these last 14 years, and all I can say is I admire him and love him. His success and impact at Murray State will not be an accident because of how prepared he truly is for all facets of the job,” said Jason Eaker, Head Coach at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Before OBU, Davis was the director of basketball operations at NCAA Division 1 Mercer University for one season. Before that, he spent five years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina. He helped guide the teams to two conference regular-season titles, two Conference Carolinas Tournament championships, and three NCAA Tournament berths. While at Limestone, Davis signed five NCAA Division 1 transfers, five All-Conference players, and two All-Tournament honorees. Before his time at Limestone University, Davis served as a graduate assistant at Liberty University.
Davis played for two years at Eastern Wyoming College at the NJCAA level, earning Academic All-America honors in 2007. He went to LeTourneau University, where he earned honorable mention All-Conference accolades and was a two-time Academic All-Conference honoree.
Davis holds a master’s degree in human services from Liberty University and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from LeTourneau University. Davis and his wife, Kimberly, have one daughter, Audrey.