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Detroit Mercy and head coach Mike Davis part ways after six seasons

Mike Davis and Detroit Mercy are mutually parting ways after six seasons, the school announced on Thursday. Davis went 60-119 overall, including a 1-31 mark in 2023-24, and had one more year left on his contract.

“On behalf of our entire community, I want to thank Coach Davis and his family for their dedication, commitment and competitive spirit he brought to Detroit Mercy,” AD Robert C. Vowels Jr. said in a statement. “We wish the best for him and his family as his coaching journey continues.”

The six-year tenure ended on a sour note, but also featured the five-year career of Davis’ son, Antoine, who scored 3,664 career points – just three points shy of Pete Maravich’s record for D-I men’s basketball players. Davis also made 588 career three-pointers, which ranks as the most all-time. The Titans, unfortunately, did not see much success as a team and fell short of a postseason berth in 2023 that could have pushed Antoine past Maravich.

Davis was hired in 2018 after a successful run at Texas Southern, where he won four SWAC titles and went to four NCAA Tournaments in six years at the helm. Prior to that, he served as head coach at UAB and Indiana, where he succeeded mentor Bob Knight and led the Hoosiers all the way to the National Championship game in 2002.

Detroit Mercy has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2012 and last won a conference regular season title in 1999.


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