March 6, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford associate head coach Dick Davey has announced that he will retire from coaching at the end of the season.
Highly-regarded as a true teacher of the game and a well-respected veteran of West Coast basketball, Davey has served four seasons as the Cardinal's associate head coach while working primarily with the team's post players.
"I couldn't have asked for anything more during my time at Stanford," said Davey, 69. "This has been one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. I'm really proud of this program, what we're trying to do right now, and where it's headed. I feel like I've worked for one of the all-time great human beings in Coach Dawkins. Not only as a coach, but as a person, and I mean that thoroughly. However, I am now looking forward to spending more time with my family."
No stranger to the Bay Area hoops scene, Davey previously spent 30 years working with the men's basketball program at Santa Clara and served as the Broncos' head coach for 15 seasons.
"I've been real fortunate to have been an assistant coach at two places that have been really special for me," added Davey. "One was with Carroll Williams, obviously, at Santa Clara for 15 years as his assistant. And of course, four years here at Stanford with Johnny as his assistant. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to have worked for two special people like that."
"Well, everyone talks about how much he has done for the game," said head coach Johnny Dawkins. "As good of a coach that he is, Dick is an even better person. That's what I've learned about Coach Davey. I've definitely enjoyed working with him and loved every minute of it. You're talking about a class guy, and someone who cares about our game at the highest level. I don't think you'll find anyone better than Coach Davey in regards to those things."
Since taking over the reins of the Santa Clara program at the start of the 1992-93 campaign, Davey enjoyed a high level of success with the Broncos prior to retiring at the end of the 2006-07 season and assisting the university in its fundraising and development efforts.
A four-time WCC Coach of the Year, Davey finished his illustrious career with a 251-190 overall record. He directed the Broncos to three NCAA Tournament appearances, three WCC regular season championships, a WCC Tournament title in 1993 and four 20-win seasons. Under his watch, Santa Clara boasted 23 All-WCC selections and four WCC Player of the Year honorees (Sean Denison, Marlon Garnett and Steve Nash twice). Davey's 251 career victories rank second in the school record books behind coaching legend Carroll Williams.
Under Davey, Santa Clara developed a reputation as a giant killer, as his teams earned five memorable victories over top-25 programs. Seeded 15th and making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1986-87, the Broncos stunned fifth-ranked and second-seeded Arizona 64-61 in the opening round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. Three years later, 10th-seeded Santa Clara knocked off seventh-seeded Maryland 91-79 in another NCAA Tournament first-round shocker. Other signature upsets included the Broncos' 78-69 win over fourth-ranked and defending national champion UCLA at the 1995 Maui Invitational, an 80-67 win over a then-No. 13 California squad led by Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray in 1993 and a 77-66 victory over fourth-ranked North Carolina at the 2004 Pete Newell Challenge.
Davey guided Santa Clara to 20-win seasons in 2006-07, 2000-01, 1995-96 and 1994-95. The Broncos captured the 1995 WCC regular season title outright and were crowned co-champions in 1996 and 1997.
His association with Santa Clara spanned 30 years, starting as an assistant coach in 1977 under Williams. During his time as an assistant, the Broncos registered six 20-win seasons, made four NIT appearances and advanced to the 1987 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to Santa Clara, Davey spent five seasons as an assistant coach under Dick Edwards at California in his first college coaching assignment.
Numerous players coached by Davey at Santa Clara went on to play professional basketball both in the United States and overseas, including two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, who played for Davey from 1992-96. Marlon Garnett (1993-97) also spent time in the NBA, playing for the Boston Celtics during the 1998-99 season before continuing his pro career in Europe. Other former Santa Clara players under Davey that also reached the professional basketball ranks include Doron Perkins, Brian Jones, Steve Ross, Kyle Bailey and Jason Sedlock.
Davey began his coaching career at Leland High School in San Jose in 1968. In five seasons, his teams compiled a 61-53 record and booked a third place finish in the 1971 Central Coast Section playoffs.
A native of Ceres, Calif., Davey enrolled at the University of the Pacific in 1960 and earned three varsity letters in both basketball and baseball over the next four years. An outstanding baseball player as well, Davey earned All-West Coast Conference honors as a catcher in both his junior and senior seasons. His talents caught the eye of the professional scouts and after receiving his degree in education from Pacific in 1964, Davey signed a professional contract with the San Francisco Giants and played two seasons in their farm system before an injury cut short his promising career.
Davey prepped at Ceres Union High School and was an outstanding three-sport athlete as a football quarterback, basketball guard and baseball catcher.