Davenport departs for Bellarmine

Scott Davenport, a member of the University of Louisville men's basketball staff for the past nine years, has been named head coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

Scott Davenport, a member of the University of Louisville men's basketball staff for the past nine years, has been named head coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

Davenport served the past four years as an administrative assistant to U of L Head Coach Rick Pitino and was an assistant coach for five years under Denny Crum at U of L prior to his most recent duties.


Davenport with Ellis Myles
"Scott has been an invaluable member of our staff," said Pitino. "We are deeply appreciative of his efforts in helping to rebuild our program back to Final Four caliber. He will be sorely missed, but this is a tremendous opportunity for him to build Bellarmine to the championship level."

Davenport is the 21st former Pitino assistant or player that rose to a collegiate head coaching position. He is the second Cardinal Basketball staff member to become a head coach this spring as Reggie Theus, an assistant coach at U of L for the past two years, was named head coach at New Mexico State University on March 28.

Prior to joining the Cardinals' coaching staff, Davenport compiled an impressive 258-69 record (.789 winning percentage) in 10 seasons at Ballard High School. His 1988 team won the Kentucky State Championship with a 36-3 record and his 1987 squad reached the state finals. Davenport coached former U of L guard DeJuan Wheat, the Cardinals' No. 2 career scorer, at Ballard as well as New York Knicks guard Allan Houston, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 1988.

After earning a degree in psychology from U of L in 1978, Davenport served as an assistant coach at Ahrens (1978-80) and Ballard (1980-83) High Schools. He was a graduate assistant coach at U of L for two seasons (1983-85) before spending one year as an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth (1985-86) under head coach Mike Pollio (current Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith was also an assistant on that staff). He earned a masters in education from U of L in 1985.


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