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
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.