Chapel Hill has a new sheriff in town. Former long-tenured coach Roy Williams stepped down after 18 seasons at the school. Williams-led Tar Heels teams won three National Championships: 2005, 2009, and 2017. Now, UNC will see a new leader. But, this new leader is no stranger. Hubert Davis played basketball at UNC for Coach Dean Smith. He also worked as an assistant coach under Roy Williams for 9 seasons.
Before that, however, the New York Knicks drafted Hubert Davis in 1992. He played in the NBA for 12 seasons on a myriad of teams. His miraculous 3-point shooting percentage sits as 44.1%. That ranks him 3rd all-time next to Steph Curry and Steph’s coach, Steve Kerr.
Davis Becomes First Black Head Coach in UNC History
“I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead this program,” Davis said in a statement released by the school. “I would not be here without Coach Dean Smith, Coach Bill Guthridge and Coach Roy Williams; they taught me so much – and I’m eager to walk their path in my shoes and with my personality.”
“Hubert Davis is the best leader we can possibly have for our men’s basketball program,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “[Davis] teaches student athletes on and off the court… inspires his fellow staff members… is strongly committed to family. He has a tenacious, burning desire to be the best he can possibly be; we witnessed that when he was a player, a broadcaster and an assistant coach – and I have no doubt he will ensure…our student-athletes and program will be the best they can be, as well.”