The Tar Heels have hired men’s basketball assistant coach Hubert Davis to be their next men’s basketball coach, the team tweeted Monday. Davis takes over after Hall of Fame head coach Roy Williams announced his retirement last week.
“I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead this program,” Davis said. “I love this university. I played here. I earned my degree here. I fell in love with my wife here. I got married here. I moved here after I retired from the NBA, and I have raised my family here. I am proud to lead this team, and I can’t wait for all that comes next.”
The News & Observer said earlier Monday afternoon the school planned to hire the assistant coach but needed approval from the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, which was set to meet Monday afternoon.
Davis was a Tar Heel guard and 12-year NBA veteran before he headed back to UNC. He spent the last nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Tar Heels, his athletics bio reads.
“[He] played in 137 games as a Tar Heel from 1988-92, during which time UNC went 102-37, won the 1989 and 1991 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournaments and played in the 1991 Final Four,” his bio reads. “He scored 1,615 points (11.8 per game) and holds the UNC record for career three-point percentage at .435. He had 23 games with 20 or more points.”
The athletics website lists his duties as recruiting, bench coaching and scouting.