Longtime Bay Area Basketball Coach Dick Davey Retiring
STANFORD (CBS/AP) – Stanford associate head coach and former Santa Clara coach Dick Davey is retiring after the season.
The 69-year-old Davey, in his fourth season coaching the Cardinal under Johnny Dawkins, announced his decision Tuesday.
Davey is considered an old-school coach known for his teaching and mentoring style. Before starting at Stanford, he was known for sporting argyle sweaters. He treasured hanging out with his grandchildren after games. He was one of only five head coaches at Santa Clara since 1950.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more during my time at Stanford,” Davey said. “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.”
A four-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Davey owns a 251-190 career record. He had four 20-win seasons and guided the Broncos to the NCAA tournament three times. At Santa Clara, his wins trail only Carroll Williams’—Davey’s predecessor who coached at the school from 1970-92 and has a school-record 344 victories.
“I’ve been real fortunate to have been an assistant coach at two places that have been really special for me,” Davey said. “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.”
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