The University of South Carolina men’s basketball program recently added two staff members on the administrative side. Jay Gibbons has been named as the Director of Video Services, while Dushawn Davis was added as the Director of Social Media.
Served as the graduate student manager for the Gamecocks during the 2015-16 campaign. Prior to his time at Carolina, Gibbons served as the top assistant coach for the Savannah State men’s basketball team for the previous nine seasons.
Gibbons was part of Carolina’s 2015-16 campaign that saw the squad set a school record for regular-season wins (24) and match the school record for total wins with 25. The team advanced to the Postseason NIT, marking the first postseason appearance for the Gamecocks since 2009.
Gibbons was instrumental in helping transition Savannah State from a D-I independent program to a championship team in the MEAC, also serving as the recruiting coordinator along with his assistant coach duties. While at Savannah State, Gibbons was involved in all aspects of the Tiger program, including coaching, recruiting, scouting, compliance, academics and he also served as the summer camp director. He is credited with recruiting and developing a number of professional players and has six all-conference honorees that played overseas. In 2011-12, the Tigers posted a 14-2 league record to capture the MEAC crown and earn an automatic bid to the Postseason NIT.
Prior to his time at Savannah State, Gibbons was the top assistant at Georgia Southwestern University and served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Clayton State, where he helped develop the Lakers into a national contender in D-II. As a player at Clayton State, Gibbons helped the squad to its first-ever league championship, while finishing the season ranked sixth nationally (D-II) in assists per game at 6.0. As an undergrad at No. 1 ranked Florida Southern, Gibbons’ team won 102 games and competed in two NCAA D-II Final Four’s.
Previously served as an assistant coach at Francis Marion for three seasons under head coach Gary Edwards.
During his time at Francis Marion, Davis’ primary responsibilities included serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator, workouts, player development, scheduling, video services and academic support. Davis also helped with FMU’s summer camps.
While at Francis Marion, Davis helped recruit Detrek Browning, who was named Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in 2015, while he also aided with recruiting Mike Davis and Alante Fenner. The trio scored nearly 60 percent of the Patriots’ points during the 2015-16 season.
Davis was a standout high school athlete at Mullins High School where he lettered in three varsity sports – football, basketball and baseball, during his prep career. He played basketball under legendary coach Mark Gerald, where he grew a passion for learning and teaching the game.
Davis furthered his career at Newberry College in both basketball and football, before finishing his career at Coastal Carolina playing football. He earned his degree in history in 2011. Following graduation, Davis served as an assistant coach at Mullins High under Gerald before moving to the collegiate level.