The University of North Carolina didn’t have to look far to find its new men’s basketball coach.
Former Tar Heels player and assistant coach Hubert Davis will succeed Hall of Famer Roy Williams and lead the historic program going forward, according to various reports Monday.
Davis’ promotion came four days after Williams announced his retirement.
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Davis, who played with the legendary Dean Smith before playing in the NBA, has spent the past nine seasons working with Williams. The school announced that it will hold an introductory press conference for Davis on Tuesday.
Davis has been on Williams’ staff since 2012 as a bench coach, recruiter and scout, including a run to the 2016 NCAA title game, and then a title the following season.
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“I love this college,” Davis said in a statement Monday. “I played here, got my title here, fell in love with my wife here, got married here, moved here after retiring from the NBA, and raised my family here. I’m proud to lead this team, and I can’t wait for everything. that comes next “.
The university has a history of hiring coaches tied to the program, which has six NCAA titles. Longtime assistant Bill Guthridge took over for Smith after his retirement in 1997, and led the Tar Heels to two Final Fours. However, when Matt Doherty took over, he had an 8-20 season in 2002 and did not fare well in three seasons with the team.
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Davis will now take over and become the first black coach in the show’s history.
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead this program,” Davis said. “I wouldn’t be here without Coach Dean Smith, Coach Bill Guthridge and Coach Roy Williams; they taught me so much, and I can’t wait to walk their way in my shoes and with my personality.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.