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Emmett Davis completed his third season as an assistant coach with the Navy men's basketball program in 2017-18. Davis assists in all aspects of the Navy basketball program, including recruiting, player development, opponent scouting, game-day preparation and alumni relations.

Davis was the head coach at Patriot League-member Colgate for 13 seasons (1999-2011) and served as an assistant coach at Navy under both Pete Herrmann and Don DeVoe for 12 seasons (1987-98).

Davis helped Navy to a 20-12 record in 2017-18. The 20 wins were the most by Navy since the 1999-00 season and were tied for the sixth-most in a single season in program history. Navy also won the 2018 Star Game by earning a 68-59 win at Army West Point.

Navy led the Patriot League in scoring defense, rebounding margin and offensive rebounds per game in 2017-18, and Navy ranked in the top-40 of the NCAA in scoring defense for the third-straight season.

Senior guard Shawn Anderson was named to the All-Patriot League First Team, while senior guard Bryce Dulin was named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team.

In 2016-17, Davis helped Navy to a 16-16 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League at 10-8. The Mids increased their conference win total for the fifth straight season and the 10 conference wins were the most for Navy since 2000.

As the fourth seed in the Patriot League Tournament, Navy defeated Holy Cross, 49-42, at home in the quarterfinal round to advance to the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2001. Navy fell to eventual tournament champion and No. 1 seed Bucknell in the semifinals, 70-65.

Anderson was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team following the 2016-17 season and Dulin was named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team.

In his first season back in Annapolis in 2015-16, Davis helped Navy post its most wins in seven years with the team's 19-14 record. Navy was 9-9 in the Patriot League and finished in a four-way tie for fourth place.

Navy's six-win improvement from the 2014-15 season ranked as the fourth-best improvement from one year to the next in program history. Navy also set a program record for most road wins in a season with 11.

Navy's defensive efforts were a key to the team's success in 2015-16. Navy led the Patriot League in scoring defense (64.7) and field goal percentage defense (.413). Will Kelly was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and was also named to the all-league second team. Tilman Dunbar was named to the All-Patriot League Third Team.

During his 13 years at Colgate, Davis became the school's all-time winningest head coach with 165 career victories. He led Colgate to either the top half of the Patriot League standings or advanced the team to the semifinals or the championship game of the conference tournament in nine of his 13 seasons.

In his first year at Colgate, Davis led his team to a 14-14 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament. In his fourth year, the 2001-02 season, the Raiders posted a 17-11 record, which was the best record at Colgate since the Adonal Foyle era in 1994-95.

Colgate's best season under Davis came during the 2007-2008 season when the Raiders advanced to the Patriot League Championship game and tied a school record for wins with 18. In that season, Davis became the school's all-time leader for career victories when he reached his 138th win against Bucknell in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament.

Several of Davis' former assistant coaches and players at Colgate have gone on to great success in college coaching. Three are Division I head coaches, one is a Division III head coach and six are on Division I coaching staffs. The head coaches are Jeremy Ballard (Florida International University), Jon Coffman (IPFW), Nathan Davis (Bucknell) and Kevin Curley (McDaniel College). Those on Division I staffs are Rod Balanis (associate head coach at Notre Dame), Brian Regan (director of basketball operations at Pitt), Greg Snyder (director of basketball operations at Vermont), Kelvin Jefferson (assistant coach at Old Dominion), Pat Moore (director of Basketball operations at Colgate) and Mike Venezia (director of student-athlete development at VCU).

Additionally, Todd Checovich is a basketball operations manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves, JP Clark is a player development coach with Los Angeles Clippers and Dennis Csensits, former head coach at Dickinson College, is the Athletic Director and head coach at Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Davis was hired at Colgate directly from his previous stint at Navy, where he was an assistant coach for 12 seasons.

Davis was involved with all aspects of the program during his tenure at Navy. He was responsible for working with the guards during his early years at Navy and worked with the post players over his final four seasons. In his 12 seasons, Navy won four conference championships and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments.

Davis is credited with recruiting several accomplished Navy basketball players during his tenure, including two of the top 10 scorers in Academy history in Michael Heary (1,590 points; 6th) and Chris Williams (1,496; 9th), and five of the top 25 scorers along with Wes Cooper (23rd), Sitapha Savane (24th) and Jason Jeanpierre (25th).

In Davis' first season at Navy, he coached National Player of the Year David Robinson. The Midshipmen registered 26 wins, a Colonial Athletic Association Championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Davis was also on staff at Navy for the program's Patriot League titles in 1994, 1997 and 1998. Following the 1998 season, Davis was named the USNA Foundation Co-Coach of the Year.

The 1994, 1997 and 1998 league titles and corresponding NCAA Tournament appearances came in Davis' last five seasons at Navy, during which he helped the Mids go 58-18 (.763) against Patriot League opponents.

Davis was also an assistant coach at Tulsa during the 2011-12 season, serving under 1987 Naval Academy graduate Doug Wojcik. Tulsa was 17-14 overall and 10-6 in Conference USA games.

Prior to his return to Navy, Davis most recently served as a college basketball television color analyst for the American Sports Network and Campus Insiders. He also helped coach his sons at Broadneck High School and worked for XOS Digital, a sports technology firm, as their Mid-Atlantic Regional Accounts Manager.

A native of Gloversville, N.Y., Davis played under former Navy and Pittsburgh head coach Paul Evans while at St. Lawrence University. He began his coaching career in 1981 at his alma mater as a student assistant coach. Davis then served as a full-time assistant coach at St. Lawrence for three years (1982-84), helping the Saints to a pair of ICAC Championships and two NCAA Division III Tournaments.

Davis' wife, Gail, played college basketball at La Salle, where she was a four-year letterwinner and team captain her senior year. Gail was later an assistant coach at La Salle, Navy and Georgetown. She is currently the head coach of the girls basketball team and an English teacher at Broadneck High School. Emmett and Gail have three sons: Emmett (20), Shane (18) and Brendan (16). His oldest son, Emmett, is in the Class of 2021 at the Naval Academy and is a member of the football team. His middle son, Shane, will enroll in Lafayette in the fall of 2018 and will be a member of the football team. His youngest son, Brendan, is a rising junior at Broadneck High School and a member of the varsity basketball team.

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