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Associate Head Coach Dick Davey Quotes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/06/2012

March 6, 2012


Quotes from associate head coach Dick Davey, who on Tuesday morning announced he is retiring at the end of this season.

On his plans after coaching basketball...
"It's kind of a negative thing for me a little bit, because I really love it. I'm going to really miss it. My wife and I are going to head out to our condo in Hawaii for awhile, then come back to our home in Saratoga and stay there for November and December. I still plan to watch the Cardinal as much as I can, and there will be plenty of stations on my TV."

On why this seems like the right time to retire...
"If it were strictly up to me, I would coach until I could no longer stand. Truthfully, because I really enjoy it. Of course, I say that somewhat reluctantly, because I want to spend some time with my wife, too. She's been kind of getting the short end of the stick for 45 years or so while I've been in coaching. As you all know but also maybe don't know completely, coaching takes a lot of time. Not the fact that you're coaching, but just the time involved with being in this profession during the season. It means a lot of days away from home. So I want to be able to spend some quality time with her and my family because they deserve that."

On if he feels he has served as a mentor to Coach Dawkins...
"As far as being a former head coach and working with Johnny, that never entered into my mind. In my mind, I was an assistant coach for 15 years under Carroll Williams, a guy who I thought was as unique and as good of a human being that I've ever been around. Now I know there are two of them out there, because Johnny is exactly the same. He's an attention-to-detail guy, a very hard worker and he doesn't give up. Johnny and Carroll are so similar, in many respects. And I didn't know any of this before meeting Johnny when he came here. I barely knew him. I think we shook hands one time at an NCAA Tournament and that was about it. I think he may have hired me with the idea in mind that I was familiar with the area and maybe could shed some light from being a former head coach. We hit it off right away when I interviewed with Johnny, spending three hours with him talking philosophy and that kind of stuff."

Describing the process when Coach Dawkins brought him on staff...
"At the end of the conversation, I proceeded to tell him I had a couple of problems. Number one, I can't turn on a computer. Number two, I'm going fishing two weeks a year, no matter what. So I went on about a litany of things and all that said, he still wanted to hire me. I think we had a good feeling for each other right away. I don't want to over blow it, but I feel like I've been extremely lucky in this situation. I've been able to work for two great people in the coaching profession. Two people who are extremely involved and attentive about their players."

On how he has seen Coach Dawkins grow as a coach...
"I think he's as bright as any coach I've ever been around regarding the X's and O's of the game. In watching video with him, I'll sit there and he will see something. Let's say over the course of the video, he'll see 50 things and I'll see 20 and I'm thinking `I can't see that'. We were just talking about that this morning. His knowledge of watching a game is tremendous. He can pick out certain things that I'm not sure there's another human being coaching today who can do it. He sees everything and maybe that comes from being an All-American guard when he played. I always talk to our players about `seeing the game'. Johnny surely does that and it's a great asset for a coach."

Looking back at the highlights of his career...
"I go back to when I was an assistant with Carroll and we won NIT games at Oregon and Lamar. Those were fun moments. We beat UCLA over in Maui. The upset over Arizona obviously was a big one. When we beat Maryland in the NCAA Tournament- that was a huge game. Now there were a lot of low-lights, too. But we had many positive things occur as well. I would say Steve Nash's career stands out. He was about as an unusual of a human being as I've ever been around, in terms of his work ethic. I say that a little bit reluctantly, because I've worked with a few others. Steve Kenilvort is up there among the toughest guys all-time that I've ever coached. Truthfully, a guy that's here right now who has been injured some and maybe hasn't done a lot, is Andrew Zimmermann. He's a tough son of a gun. I really like the toughness in players and he's helped promote our team in that regard."

On whether or not he deserves credit for discovering Steve Nash...
"Yes (laughs). We received a video on him. Sometimes you are deceived a bit by videos, but I was not deceived by that one. He was the real thing. I think Steve could have possibly been a pro in four sports. Ice hockey, for sure. Soccer, 100 percent for sure. He also played a little baseball when he was younger, and his hand-eye coordination was phenomenal. And obviously, basketball. So he was a unique one."

On his role working with the post players and other aspects of the program...
"Primarily, but Johnny really let me be involved in everything. Carroll was the same in that respect. That's why I have such an appreciation for them, because I'm selfish. Both of those guys would let me say or do anything I want to do during practice. One of the players will screw something up, and I'll start screaming at the guy. Carroll would just stand and listen. Johnny would just stand and listen. I got away with murder as an assistant. They aren't `ego' guys, appreciate your input and are willing to just step back and let you be involved with all aspects of the execution (defense, offense, etc.). Honestly, it made it more fun for me to be able to stay involved."

On what advice he would give to young coaches entering the profession...
"Without a doubt in my mind, this is the greatest place of employment you can have. If you really love the game, it is a tremendous job. Yes, there is stress involved. People talk to me about stress as an assistant, and how you may not have as much if you were a head coach. But it's about doing the best you can at what you do. What more can you ask for. Some people work for a living, and we get to coach."


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