North Carolina has hired its next head coach and it is lead assistant coach Hubert Davis who gets the job. Davis, 50, was a guard at North Carolina playing under Dean Smith from 1988 to 1992, before heading to the NBA. Davis played in the NBA and worked on College Gameday before heading to North Carolina to work as an assistant coach under Roy Williams.
The coaching search was expected to be one in which Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham would look for many different options before settling in on the next head coach. It has been reported that the school reached out to several “big name” coaches before announcing Davis as the next head coach. Davis got the stamp of approval from Roy Williams, which played a major part in him getting the next head coaching gig.
As a player, Hubert Davis went to three Sweet 16’s and one Final Four while playing under Dean Smith, who was the head coach at the time. Davis won a National Championship with Roy Williams while on the staff at North Carolina. It was very important for the school to keep it in the “Carolina Family.”
As an assistant, Davis has been heavily involved in recruiting and scouting aspects for North Carolina while as an assistant. He will move now one spot over to being the head man for this Carolina program. Davis will become the first African American head coach in program history.
Roy Williams retired after 18 seasons as the Head Coach at North Carolina. Williams won three National Championships in 2005, 2009, and 2017 before retiring this past week. Hubert Davis will have big shoes to fill but he is more than capable of leading Carolina into the new age of North Carolina Basketball.