Kermit Davis

Kermit Davis

Kermit Davis, Jr.
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Middle Tennessee
Conference Conference USA
Biographical details
Born (1959-12-14) December 14, 1959
Leakesville, Mississippi
Alma mater Mississippi State University
Playing career
Phillips County CC
Mississippi State[1]
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Mississippi State (asst.)
Southwest Mississippi CC
Idaho (asst.)
Texas A&M
Chipola JC (asst.)
Chipola JC
Utah State (asst.)
LSU (asst.)
Middle Tennessee
Accomplishments and honors
Big Sky Tournament (1989, 1990)
Big Sky Regular Season (1989, 1990)
Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2003)
Big Sky Coach of the Year (1989)

Kermit "Froggy" Davis, Jr. (born December 14, 1959) is an American college basketball coach, the men's head coach at Middle Tennessee State University since 2002.

Davis was previously the associate head coach at LSU for five seasons. His head coaching experience included brief stops at Idaho (twice)[1][2] and Texas A&M.[3]

When promoted from assistant to head coach at Idaho in 1988 at age 28, Davis was the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I.[4] He had been an assistant for two seasons with the Vandals under new and first-time head coach Tim Floyd, who left for New Orleans. Floyd had rejuvenated the program and under Davis, Idaho had consecutive 25–6 (.806) seasons in 1989 and 1990, winning the Big Sky regular season and tournament titles to make the NCAA tournament both years. He left the Palouse for Texas A&M of the Southwest Conference in March 1990,[5][6] but resigned a year later after an 8–21 (.276) first season.[7][8]

After three years at a junior college in Florida and two seasons as an assistant at Utah State, Davis returned to Idaho as head coach in March 1996,[1] then left a year later to become associate head coach under John Brady at LSU.[9][10]

Early years

Davis' father, Kermit, Sr., was the head coach at Mississippi State University for seven seasons, ending in 1977.[11] He was an alumnus of the school and was promoted to head coach at age 34 after four years as an assistant for the Bulldogs.[12] In his first season in 1971, he was named SEC coach of the year.[13]

The younger Davis graduated from high school in 1978 and then played at Phillips County Community College in Arkansas for two years, and transferred to hometown Mississippi State, where he played two seasons and earned a bachelor's degree in 1982 and a master's in 1984 while a graduate assistant.

Div I Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Idaho Vandals (Big Sky) (1988–1990)
1988–89 Idaho 25–6 13–3 1st NCAA Tournament First Round
1989–90 Idaho 25–6 13–3 1st NCAA Tournament First Round
Idaho: 50–12 (.806) 26–6 (.813)
Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest) (1990–1991)
1990–91 Texas A&M 8–21 2–14 9th
Texas A&M: 8–21 (.276) 2–14 (.125)
Idaho Vandals (Big West) (1996–1997)
1996–97 Idaho 13–17 5–11 5th
Idaho: 13–17 (.433) 5–11 (.313)
Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt) (2002–2013)
2002–03 Middle Tennessee 16–14 9–5 2nd (East)
2003–04 Middle Tennessee 17–12 8–6 3rd (East)
2004–05 Middle Tennessee 19–12 7–7 3rd (East)
2005–06 Middle Tennessee 16–12 8-6 2nd (East)
2006–07 Middle Tennessee 15–17 8-10 5th (East)
2007–08 Middle Tennessee 17–15 11-7 3rd (East)
2008–09 Middle Tennessee 18–14 10-8 3rd (East)
2009–10 Middle Tennessee 19–14 13-5 2nd (East)
2010–11 Middle Tennessee 16-16 10-6 2nd (East)
2011–12 Middle Tennessee 27-7 14-2 1st (East) NIT Quarterfinals
2012–13 Middle Tennessee 28-6 19-1 1st (East) NCAA Tournament First Round
Middle Tennessee (Conference USA) (2013–present)
2013–14 Middle Tennessee 24–9 13–3 1st
2014–15 Middle Tennessee 0–0 0–0
Middle Tennessee: 232–148 (.611) 130–66 (.663)
Total: 303–198 (.605)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b c Grummert, Dave (March 17, 1996). "UI welcomes back Davis". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1B. 
  2. ^ Vogt, Andrea (March 16, 1996). "UI to name basketball coach today". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1B. 
  3. ^ Stalwick, Howie (March 21, 1991). "Davis says he violated some rules". Spokane Chronicle. p. C1. 
  4. ^ Pierce, Oliver (October 26, 1988). "Davis isn't feeling pressure". Idahonian ( 
  5. ^ "Davis now an Aggie; UI begins search". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. March 29, 1990. p. 1B. 
  6. ^ "Davis hopeful he's getting in on resurgence of SWC hoop". Idahonian ( 
  7. ^ "Davis resigns as coach of Texas A&M Aggies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. March 16, 1991. p. 1B. 
  8. ^ Blanchette, John (March 31, 1993). "Idaho can't hire Davis if image means anything". Spokesman-Review. p. C1. 
  9. ^ Wickline, Michael R. (May 17, 1997). "Mosman bows out of bonus decision". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 5A. 
  10. ^ O'Neal, Shawn (April 2, 1997). "Davis gone, again". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 1B. 
  11. ^ "Mississippi State's Davis resigns". St. Petersburg Times. March 19, 1977. p. 3C. 
  12. ^ "Kermit Davis resigns post at Miss. State". The Times-News ( 
  13. ^ Shearer, Ed (March 17, 1971). "Kermit Davis honored as SEC coach of the year". Waycross Journal-Herald. Associated Press. p. P-7. 

External links

  • Middle Tennessee State University Athletics: Kermit Davis