Providence coach Davis fired

Providence coach Keno Davis’ tenure is over after just three years.


Davis finished with a 46-50 mark after being hired by Friars athletic director Bob Driscoll following an NCAA tournament appearance in his one season at the helm at Drake.

“I appreciate everything Keno Davis has done for our basketball program during the last three years,” Driscoll said in a statement released Friday. “We are committed to finding a head coach that will guide our program and help develop our student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and on the court.”

However, it wasn’t just the record that forced Driscoll, who gave Davis an extension after his first season, to make a move.

There were also several off-the-court issues with Davis in his tenure.

Davis, who turned 39 on Thursday, came to Providence in 2008-09 after his only other season as a head coach in which he led Drake to a 28-5 record and was named coach of the year by The Associated Press.

The Friars were 19-14 overall and 10-8 in the conference with an NIT appearance in Davis’ first season. But since then, they were 27-36.

He had five years left on his contract.

Providence has reached the NCAA tournament just twice since 1997-98, losing in the first round under Tim Welsh in 2000-01 and 2003-04.