Nathan Davis will be the new head coach at New Hampshire, the school announced Friday. Davis spent the last eight seasons at Bucknell, leading the Bison to four-straight Patriot League titles before struggling in his last four years. Bucknell parted ways with Davis last month.
“I am thrilled to welcome Nathan Davis to our Wildcat family,” AD Dr. Allison Rich said in a statement. “Nathan’s ability to recruit talented student-athletes and lead programs to success are just a few of the qualities that make him the right person to energize UNH men’s basketball and take our program to new heights. In addition to being an experienced and proven head coach, Nathan has been a positive influence on the student-athletes he has encountered throughout his career. He genuinely cares about the young people he mentors and is invested in building strong relationships with alumni, staff, and members of our community to enhance the student-athlete experience.”
Though his Bucknell tenure ended on a low note, Davis is an incredibly experienced head coach with ties to the area. He previously spent six years as the head coach at his alma mater, D-III Randolph-Macon in Virginia, winning three ODAC titles and going to the D-III Final Four in 2010. He came to Bucknell and won immediately, going 89-45 in his first four years with two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT.
“My family and I are very excited to join the UNH campus and community,” Davis said in the release. “Going through the process I was blown away by the vision Allison Rich and her team had for the future of the program. I am proud and humbled that I have been given the opportunity to lead this program, and I look forward to seeing UNH men’s basketball compete for championships on a yearly basis.”
UNH has never played in the NCAA Tournament and their last postseason appearance was the 2016 CIT. The Wildcats have won the America East just once (1983), but have finished .500 or better in each of the last four seasons. The school declined to renew the contract of previous head coach Bill Herrion last month after eighteen seasons, over which he went 227-303.
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