A friend of a friend-Matt Painter-Dave Davis-September 10

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for September 10, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

On Tuesday I got to be part of the Newberry College Basketball Clinic held in Newberry, SC. This clinic is the brainchild of Dave Davis the Head Coach at Newberry and he has tried to get me to attend or be a presenter for a number of years.

Dave Davis Gym

So on Tuesday I got to talk about leadership to his group of high school and college basketball coaches. Also presenting in 2015 were Dave Davis, Frank Martin the Head Coach at The University of South Carolina, Jeremy Currier Pfeiffer University (NC), and TJ Rosene- Emmanuel College (GA).

Part of Newberry College


South Carolina Head Basketball Coach Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Pfeiffer University Head Basketball Coach Jeremy Currier

Jeremy Currier

Dave Davis enters his sixth season as head men’s basketball coach at Newberry College and 25th season as a collegiate head basketball coach in 2015-16. I first got to know Dave when he was an Assistant Coach for Pfeiffer. At that time I was the Head Coach at UNC Pembroke (called Pembroke State) at the time.

Dave has been a very successful NCAA Division II Coach at four different colleges in the Carolinas. He was at Head Coach at Warren Wilson, Barton, Pfeiffer, and today Newberry. Dave has won 425 games as a coach.

During his tenure at Pfeiffer some special events occurred. In his 14 seasons there Dave accumulated a record of 284-124 (.696) including 21 championships, NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2000 and 2004 and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2004.

Dave’s Pfeiffer teams have averaged over 20 wins per season and rank in the top 5 in wins since 1990 in all of NCAA Division II basketball. Davis was named the CVAC Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2004. He was also named the NCAA East Regional Coach of the Year in 2004.

His 2009-10 Pfeiffer team finished as the highest scoring team in Division II at 103.1 points per game and was ranked third nationally in three-pointers per game (10.6) and steals per game (11.2), while ranking fifth in the country in three-point field goal percentage (42.3%).

I have a suspicion Dave is getting close to getting that consistency going at Newberry. The last two seasons his team has won 19 and 20 games respectively.

One of my specific leadership points at the clinic was to challenge everyone there to demonstrate the willingness to be someone’s mentor. Dave Davis has been doing that for years. He has an impressive list of former assistant coaches including seven Division I coaches, headlined by Purdue head coach Matt Painter, North Carolina State Assistant Rob Moxley, Villanova Assistant Raphael Chillious, and Boston Celtics assistant coach Michael Longabardi.

Dave is proud of all of them especially his friend Matt Painter


Dave Davis

The Friend of the Friend-MATT PAINTER

Matt Painter

The Boilermaker

In 1994-95 Matt Painter who is now the Head Coach in the Big Ten for Purdue University was an assistant coach in Wilson, NC at Barton College. The Head Coach at Barton was Dave Davis.

Matt Painter played basketball for Purdue and graduated in 1993. He wasted no time in beginning his journey through the college coaching ranks, joining former Purdue assistant and Boilermaker associate athletics director, the late Tom Reiter at Washington & Jefferson College for the 1993-94 season. He helped guide Washington & Jeff to a 22-3 record and an appearance in the Division III Elite Eight in his only season on the bench.

His second year in coaching 1994-95  at the age of 24 was spent at Division II Barton College. After one year at Barton Matt Painter landed at NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois as an assistant coach. He was at EIU  from 1995-98.

In 1998, Matt reunited with former longtime Purdue assistant Bruce Weber at Southern Illinois, where he spent five seasons as the latter’s top assistant and helped quickly reverse the fortunes of a program that had suffered three-straight losing season prior to his arrival.

In 2003 Bruce Weber moved on to Illinois to replace Bill Self who left Illinois to go to Kansas.

Joshua Beckman The Daily Illini Illinois' head coach Bruce Weber argues with an official during the Fighting Illini's 68-73 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010.

Matt Painter was introduced to the head coaching ranks at Southern Illinois in 2003-04,and led the Salukis to a 25-5 record and an NCAA Tournament berth. SIU rose as high as 15th in the AP poll during the campaign, and Painter was rewarded with Missouri Valley Coach of the Year honors.

In 2004-2005 he became the coach in waiting at Purdue serving as Gene Keady Associate Head Coach. In 2005 he became Purdue’s Head Coach.

(l-r) Matt Painter, Bruce Weber, and Gene Keady

gene keady

If there is anyone that knows about mentoring people it is Dave Davis-Matt Painter is one example of his leadership influence.


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