The Tar Heels have found their new face.
Less than a week after the retirement of legendary head coach Roy Williams, the University of North Carolina has reportedly tapped assistant coach Hubert Davis as the school’s next head basketball coach after a brief search.
After 33 years as a Hall of Fame head coach, our beloved Tar Heel Roy Williams is announcing his retirement.
Thank you for all you have done and meant to everyone who plays and loves our game.
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 1, 2021
Davis, who has been on UNC’s bench since 2012, has some pretty big shoes to fill: Williams is one of college basketball’s winningest coaches, and won three championships as head coach of the Tar Heels (2005, 2009, 2017).
While Davis has no head coaching experience at the Division I level, he did coach the Tar Heels’ JV team, which is one of the few Division I JV teams in the country. Some pegged Wes Miller as the team’s next coach, but the program has zeroed in on Davis as their 19th coach in program history.
Here’s what you need to know about the new head hoops coach in Chapel Hill.
Who is Hubert Davis?
Davis, a North Carolina native, attended UNC between 1988 and 1992, playing under the tutelage of late, great Dean Smith. The Tar Heels would win a championship the year after Davis set foot in the NBA (1993); he was named to the All-ACC second in 1992, and was selected by the Knicks in the 1992 NBA Draft, 20th overall.
Davis would have a lengthy career as an off-the-bench shooting guard in the NBA, playing 12 years for the Knicks, Raptors, Mavericks, Wizards, Pistons and Nets. Known for his 3-point prowess, Davis is one of the NBA’s all-time leaders in 3-point percentage, at 44.1 percent.
In 2012, Davis was named to Williams’ staff at UNC, alongside whom the Heels won the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Davis also carries the historic mantle of being the first Black head coach in Tar Heels history in a major sport.
Davis also spent some time with ESPN as a college basketball analyst.