Chick Davies

Chick Davies (1900-1985)

Teams coached: Duquesne Dukes
Duquesne record: 314-106 (.748)
Overall record: 314-106 (.748)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1940)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1940)
  • NIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1940)
  • NIT Appearances:  0  (1940, 1941, 1947)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1924-1948 Duquesne

Chick Davies Facts

  • Charles Robinson Davies
  • Born March 1900
  • Died April 15, 1985
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Duquesne University (BA, 1921)
  • Born in New Castle, PA, Davies attended Duquesne and played basketball for the Dukes and head coach Rev. E.N. McGuigan
    • Served in the United State Navy during World War I
  • Also coached at Homestead HS in Pittsburgh, leading the team two PA State Championships
    • Davies had dropped out of Homestead HS as a freshman to get a job and support his family
  • Played semi-professional basketball during his coaching career, spending time with the Pittsburgh Morrys and Butler Bruin Oils
  • Davies spent 24 years as the head coach at his alma mater, going 314-106 overall in a tenure that took place mostly before the start of the current NCAA Tournament and NIT events
    • The Dukes actually played in both tournaments in 1940, reaching the NCAA Final Four and finishing as NIT Runner-up
    • Appeared in the NIT again in both 1941 and 1947; finished with a 3-4 postseason record (1-1 NCAA, 2-3 NIT)
    • Only had one sub-.500 season throughout his tenure, during which Duquesne was not a member of a formal conference
    • Inducted into the Duquesne Athletic Hall of Fame in 1963, and again in 1968 along with the full 1940-41 “Iron Dukes” team
  • Passed away after a long illness in 1985 at the age of 85

Chick Davies Coaching Tree

  • Paul Birch (Fort Wayne Pistons, Pittsburgh Ironmen, Youngstown Bears)
  • Red Manning (Duquesne)
  • Ed Melvin (Toledo, St. Bonaventure)
  • Dudey Moore (La Salle, Duquesne)