Team Building with Coach Scotty Davenport

Scotty DavenportWhat: Team Building

When: May 21, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

May 21, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM, Men Of Epiphany will present Head Coach Scotty Davenport of Bellarmine University's Men's Basketball program! His talk is entitled, TEAM BUILDING, with a focus on young people because according to him, "they are the answer!" Bellarmine's team ended its season 32-4, which is the second most wins in a season in school history!

All men and fathers/sons, in particular, are welcome, so please join us in the Community Center. Refreshments will be served. Contact Mike McLaughlin, 262-6032, for more information.

On April 29, 2005, Scott Davenport became the 11th coach in Bellarmine University men's basketball history, and in six years took BU all the way to the top by leading the Knights to the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament national championship. For his efforts, he was named national Coach of the Year by two different organizations: the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Division II Bulletin.

Bellarmine had yet another extraordinary season under Davenport in 2016-17. The Knights earned a fourth Midwest Region title and trip to the Final Four in seven years while going 32-4 in accumulating the second-most wins in program history. Davenport pushed the Knights to an outright Great Lakes Valley Conference East title and their third GLVC Tournament championship. For his efforts, Davenport was chosen as the GLVC Coach of the Year for a third time.

Bellarmine won at least a share of a GLVC East title for the third straight season. Davenport's Knights have won 23 games or more overall and at least 12 games in the GLVC in nine consecutive years. In that span, Bellarmine has earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament each year.

In 2015-16, Davenport guided the Knights to a GLVC East regular-season title (15-3) and a 23-7 overall finish. BU also secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive year. During the season, Davenport notched the 250th victory of his tenure with the Knights.

In 2014-15, Davenport led the Knights to their third Final Four in five years following a GLVC East championship and a Midwest Regional title. The Knights finished 31-4 overall and 17-1 in the GLVC. The run to the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament marked Bellarmine's seventh straight appearance in the Big Dance.

In his debut season, Davenport — who inherited a program that had finished last in the GLVC the year before — led his troops to BU’s first .500 finish since 2001, and the first conference tournament appearance since 2002.

The following year Davenport’s charges went 12-15, which included three losses in the NABC Classic at Freedom Hall against NCAA Division I opponents Louisville, Ohio and Saint Joseph’s. Improvement continued in 2007-08, as Coach Davenport and the Knights once again finished with a winning record at 17-11 and returned to the GLVC Tourney, where they lost in the first round to eventual champion Drury.

In the 2008-09 season, Davenport led the Knights to one of the best seasons in Bellarmine basketball history, setting school records for most wins in a season, most games played and highest in-season national ranking. His 26-7 Knights made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, narrowly losing to the eventual national champion in overtime in the NCAA Midwest Regional final.

After the successful 2008-09 season, the nation was beginning to take notice of Bellarmine University. Heading into the 2009-10 season, Sporting News tabbed the Knights as preseason No. 1. The Knights would finish with a 23-9 record and win the GLVC Tournament championship for the first time in program history.

In 2011, everything came together as Davenport led Bellarmine to a 33-2 record while capturing the Knights’ first national championship in any sport. Among the milestones reached by the 2011 squad were best winning percentage, most wins and most consecutive wins, while also recording a third-straight 20-win season. Davenport's Knights had a 17-1 GLVC regular-season record while competing in arguably the toughest conference division in all of college basketball. His colleagues recognized him for this accomplishment by voting him the 2011 GLVC Coach of the Year.

The 2012 campaign was another outstanding season as the Knights went 29-4 and made their second straight appearance in the Elite 8 and Final Four. Bellarmine captured another regular-season GLVC crown with a 16-2 league mark as Davenport earned co-Coach of the Year honors in the GLVC.

During his tenure, five players have been named to All-America squads (Jeremy Kendle, Braydon Hobbs, Jake Thelen, Rusty Troutman, Adam Eberhard) while three have earned conference Player of the Year accolades (Kendle, Hobbs, Thelen) and another was named GLVC Freshman of the Year and National Player of the Year (Hobbs).

Prior to coming to Bellarmine, Davenport served nine years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville under national championship-winning Hall of Fame coaches Denny Crum and Rick Pitino. He also served a year as an assistant coach on Mike Pollio’s staff at Virginia Commonwealth where he coached alongside future Kentucky coach Tubby Smith.

Before heading to Louisville, Davenport spent 10 seasons as the head boys' coach at Ballard High School, where he won a state championship in 1988 and coached two future NBA players in DeJuan Wheat and Allan Houston.

A Louisville native, Davenport and his wife, Sharon, have two sons, Russ and Doug, who are both Bellarmine graduates.