Tom Davis

Tom Davis (born December 3, 1938)

Teams coached: Lafayette Leopards, Boston College Eagles, Stanford Cardinal, Iowa Hawkeyes, Drake Bulldogs
Lafayette record: 116-44 (.725)
Boston College record: 100-47 (.680)
Stanford record: 58-59 (.496)
Iowa record: 270-139 (.660)
Drake record: 54-66 (.450)
Overall record: 598-355 (.627)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2003-2007 Drake
1986-1999 Iowa
1982-1986 Stanford
1977-1982 Boston College
1971-1977 Lafayette
1967-1971 Maryland (asst)

Tom Davis Facts

  • Dr. Thomas Robert Davis
  • Born December 3, 1938
  • Hometown: Ridgeway, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin-Platteville (BA, 1960) / University of Wisconsin (MA) / University of Maryland (PhD)
  • Played point guard at UW-Platteville and after graduation, became the head coach at Milledgeville HS (IL)
    • Spent a total of eight years as a high school head coach at Milledgeville and Portage HS (IN)
    • Earned a masters degree from UW during this time
  • Became as assistant to Frank Fellows at Maryland in 1967, working with the Terps for four seasons while also earning a doctorate; later in his career he would become known by the nickname “Dr. Tom”
  • Spent six years as the head coach at Lafayette College, winning four conference titles and going to two NITs
  • Was the head coach at Boston College for five years, coaching the program at the start of the Big East Conference; Davis’ teams won the Big East and went to the Sweet Sixteen in 1981, then the Elite Eight in 1982
  • Spent four years as the head coach at Stanford, but had a winning record just once – 19-12 in 1983-84
  • Took over the Iowa program in 1986, where he would be the Hawkeyes’ coach for the next thirteen seasons
    • Davis took the team to nine NCAA Tournaments, including three trips to the Sweet Sixteen
    • Won 20+ games ten times during his Iowa tenure and finished 30-5 in his first year
  • Temporarily retired in 1999 after Iowa declined to renew his contract, but took over the Drake program in 2003
    • Retired for good after four years at Drake, stepping away with 598 career Division I coaching victories
  • Along with his wife, Shari, has one son, former Division I head coach Keno Davis

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