University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has selected longtime assistant Hubert Davis to replace Asheville native Roy Williams as the Tar Heels’ new head basketball coach.
Davis is the first African American head couch to lead the Carolina Tar Heels mens’ basketball team.
Davis has been an assistant coach under Williams for the past nine seasons in Chapel Hill and was one of the favorites as soon as the job opened. Davis, a Burke, Virginia native is the nephew of former UNC basketball standout Walter Davis (1973-77), and got his introduction to coach Dean Smith and the Carolina way serving as a ball boy for the basketball program.Hubert then played basketball for Carolina under legendary coach Dean Smith from 1988-92, and helped lead the Tar Heels to the Final Four as a sharpshooting guard.
After graduating with a degree in criminal justice, he was the 20th pick by the New York Knicks in the 1992 NBA Draft and went on to play professionally for a dozen years, scoring 5,583 points. He currently has the second-highest career three-point percentage in NBA history at .441
Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and the Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham interviewed a diverse array of candidates from coast to coast, with input from dozens of men’s basketball alumni and senior Department of Athletics officials. Guskiewicz and Cunningham chose Davis because of his dedication to student-athletes, leadership, work ethic, service, and passion to win.
UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees voted to approve Davis’s employment agreement at an emergency meeting shortly after coach Roy Williams announced his retirement. This is a leadership position of many facets, and Hubert Davis appears to have all of the intangibles he needs.
“I love this University. I played here, I earned my degree here, I fell in love with my wife here, I got married here, I moved here after I retired from the NBA and I have raised my family here. I am proud to lead this team, and I can’t wait for all that comes next,” said Davis.