Kermit Davis

Kermit Davis (born December 14, 1959)

Teams coached: Idaho Vandals, Texas A&M Aggies, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Ole Miss Rebels
Idaho record: 63-29 (.685)
Texas A&M record: 8-21 (.276)
Middle Tennessee record: 332-188 (.638)
Ole Miss record: 74-79 (.484)
Overall record^: 477-317 (.601)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-2023 Ole Miss
2002-2018 Middle Tennessee
1997-2002 LSU (assoc. HC)
1996-1997 Idaho
1994-1996 Utah State (asst)
1993-1994 Chipola JC
1991-1993 Chipola JC (asst)
1990-1991 Texas A&M
1988-1990 Idaho
1986-1988 Idaho (asst)
1984-1986 Southwest Mississippi CC
1983-1984 Mississippi State (grad. asst)

Kermit Davis Facts

  • John Kermit Davis, Jr.
  • Born December 14, 1959
  • Hometown: Leakesville, Mississippi
  • Alma Mater: Mississippi State University (BS, 1982 & MS, 1984)
  • His father is former Mississippi State player and head coach Kermit Davis, Sr.
  • Began his career as a graduate assistant under Bob Boyd at Mississippi State, then was head coach at Southwest Mississippi CC for two seasons
  • Was an assistant at Idaho for two years under Tim Floyd before taking over as head coach in 1988
    • Davis led the Vandals to back-to-back 25-6 seasons, both ending in trips to the NCAA Tournament
  • Spent one year as Texas A&M’s head coach, but resigned in the midst of NCAA rules violations
    • As a result of a three-year NCAA show cause penalty, Davis spent the next three seasons at Chipola JC in Florida (one as head coach)
  • Returned to the D-I ranks in 1994 as an assistant under Larry Eustachy at Utah State and then returned to Idaho for one season as head coach
  • Became associate head coach for John Brady at LSU in 1997, where he stayed until 2002 when he was hired as the head coach at Middle Tennessee
    • Took the Blue Raiders to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, his 11th season on the job, and returned in both 2016 and 2017
    • The 2016 team pulled off a miraculous first round upset as a 15-seed over 2-seed Michigan State; the win is considered one of the greatest March Madness upsets of all time
    • MTSU won the Conference USA regular season title in 2014, 2017 and 2018
  • Hired as the new head coach at Ole Miss in March 2018
    • Won 20 games in his first season in Oxford, earning SEC COY honors and an at-large NCAA bid
    • Davis was fired in February 2023 after five seasons at the helm, going 74-79 overall in his tenure
  • Along with his wife, Betty, has two daughters

Kermit Davis Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only