Barry Davis, considered among the greatest players in Texas A&M history, returned to his alma mater as director of student athlete development for men’s basketball in 2006.
Davis, who has been a part of two Sweet 16 seasons as a staff member in Aggieland (1980 and 2007), was inducted into Texas A&M’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He came back to A&M after 10 years as head coach at Grand Prairie (Texas) High School, where he had an impressive 179-124 record.
Davis twice earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors after helping the Aggies win consecutive conference titles in 1975 and 1976. The 1975 squad finished 20-7 - the first 20-win season in school history - and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The 1976 Aggies went 21-6 with Davis serving as team co-captain.
Davis joined Shelby Metcalf’s staff as an assistant coach from 1977-82, helping the Aggies to a 24-9 record in 1978-79 and a school-record 26-8 mark in 1979-80. The 1978-79 team posted wins against Indiana, Kentucky and UNLV, while the 1979-80 team beat North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament before falling in overtime to eventual national champion Louisville.
Davis was head coach at Western Texas College from 1982-84, earning region coach of the year honors after leading the team to a fifth-place finish in the national junior college tournament. From 1986-88, he served as an assistant coach at North Texas, helping the team to its first Southland Conference title and the first NCAA Tournament appearance in the school’s history.
Davis was head coach at Bryan High School from 1988-94, earning a variety of coaching honors, and at Seguin High School from 1994-96. A native of Galveston, Davis was a standout player at Ball High School. He and his wife, Mildred, have one son, Barry, and five godchildren - Tiffany, Bryan, Donovan, Ashley and Collin.
THE DAVIS FILE
- Texas A&M, 1976 (B.S. in Recreation and Parks Administration)
- 2006-: Texas A&M (Director of Student-Athlete Development)
- 1996-06: Grand Prairie (Texas) HS (head coach)
- 1994-96: Seguin (Texas) HS (head coach)
- 1988-94: Bryan (Texas) HS (head coach)
- 1986-88: North Texas (assistant coach)
- 1982-84: Western Texas Junior College (head coach)
- 1977-82: Texas A&M (assistant coach)