Jim Davis enters his second season as the assistant women's basketball coach at Young Harris College.
Prior to joining the Mountain Lions staff, Davis spent 18 seasons at the helm at Clemson University where he amassed 355 victories in 552 games. He brought the program into national prominence and left as the winningest basketball coach in Clemson history, men or women.
He led the Lady Tigers to 14 NCAA Division I tournament appearances and 11 final national rankings. Davis is the only Clemson basketball coach to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, leading the Lady Tigers to the tournament title in 1996 and 1999. He finished with 51 wins over top-25 teams, and his teams won at least 20 games in 11 of his 18 seasons with Clemson.
Under Davis' direction, 16 former Lady Tigers achieved All-ACC status. Included in the list was Jessica Barr, the 1994 ACC Player of the Year. Davis coached Itoro Umoh, a former assistant coach under him, to three All-ACC season and former great Chrissy Floyd to four All-ACC seasons.
Davis came to Clemson from Middle Tennessee State, where he guided the Lady Raiders to a 19-8 record in his only year at the Ohio Valley Conference school. Prior to his stop at Middle Tennessee, Davis spent the 1985-86 season as an assistant coach with the University of Florida Lady Gator basketball program.
Before joining the Florida staff, Davis spent six highly successful years at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn. Davis put together one of the most successful stints ever in the junior college ranks by coaching Roane State's Raiderettes to 127 wins against only 35 losses, which represents a .784 winning percentage. His teams won four Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association divisional championships and one state championship, and were ranked in the top 10 by the National Junior College Athletic Association three times (1981, 1984, 1985). His biggest accomplishment was the 1984 team's finish of 27-2 and the NJCAA National Championship title.
Before entering the junior college ranks, Davis coached two years at Englewood (Tenn.) Junior High School and 10 seasons in various Tennessee high schools, including stops at Madisonville, Charleston and McMinn high schools. His overall high school record was 197-93, a winning percentage of .679.
Davis graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. After doing graduate work at East Tennessee State University, he received his master's degree in supervision and administration from Tennessee Tech in 1975.
In 1996, Davis was inducted into the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame. In the fall of 1996, he was inducted into Tiger Brotherhood, an honorary fraternity that promotes high standards of social and ethical conduct while recognizing in its members an earnest devotion to Clemson, coupled with the integrity of character commensurate with a typical Clemson gentleman or lady. Davis was also inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2008.
A native of Englewood, Tenn., Davis is married to the former Bobbie Henderson and they have one son, Todd. Todd and his wife Rhonda have two children, Ansleigh Grace and Jacob Garrett.