Head Coach, Men's Basketball
On April 29, 2005, Scott Davenport became the 11th coach in Bellarmine University men's basketball history, and in six years took BU all the way to the top by leading the Knights to the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament national championship. For his efforts, he was named national Coach of the Year by two different organizations: the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Division II Bulletin.
Under Davenport, Bellarmine remains one of the premier programs in Division II. In 2015-16, Davenport guided the Knights to their second-straight Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division regular-season title (15-3) and a 23-7 overall finish, marking the eighth straight season of at least 23 total victories and 12 GLVC wins. BU also secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive year. During the season, Davenport notched the 250th victory of his tenure with the Knights.
In 2014-15, Davenport led the Knights to their third Final Four in five years following a GLVC East Division championship and a Midwest Regional title. Davenport guided BU to the most regular-season victories in school history. The Knights finished 31-4 overall to claim the second-most wins in program history and 17-1 in the GLVC to tie the 2011 squad for best conference performance. The run to the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament marked Bellarmine's seventh straight appearance in the Big Dance under Davenport.
In his debut season, Davenport — who inherited a program that had finished last in the GLVC the year before — led his troops to BU’s first .500 finish since 2001, and the first conference tournament appearance since 2002.
The following year Davenport’s charges went 12-15, which included three losses in the NABC Classic at Freedom Hall against NCAA Division I opponents Louisville, Ohio and Saint Joseph’s. Improvement continued in 2007-08, as Coach Davenport and the Knights once again finished with a winning record at 17-11 and returned to the GLVC Tourney, where they lost in the first round to eventual champion Drury.
In the 2008-09 season, Davenport led the Knights to one of the best seasons in Bellarmine basketball history, setting school records for most wins in a season, most games played and highest in-season national ranking. His 26-7 Knights made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, narrowly losing to the eventual national champion in overtime in the NCAA Midwest Regional final.
After the successful 2008-09 season, the nation was beginning to take notice of Bellarmine University. Heading into the 2009-10 season, Sporting News tabbed the Knights as preseason No. 1. The Knights would finish with a 23-9 record and win the GLVC Tournament championship for the first time in program history.
In 2011, everything came together as Davenport led Bellarmine to a 33-2 record while capturing the Knights’ first national championship in any sport. Among the milestones reached by the 2011 squad were best winning percentage, most wins and most consecutive wins, while also recording a third-straight 20-win season. Davenport's Knights had a 17-1 GLVC regular-season record while competing in arguably the toughest conference division in all of college basketball. His colleagues recognized him for this accomplishment by voting him the 2011 GLVC Coach of the Year.
The 2012 campaign was another outstanding season as the Knights went 29-4 and made their second straight appearance in the Elite 8 and Final Four. Bellarmine captured another regular-season GLVC crown with a 16-2 league mark as Davenport earned co-Coach of the Year honors in the GLVC.
In his 10 years at Bellarmine, three players have been named to All-America squads, 21 have been named to All-GLVC teams while three have earned conference Player of the Year accolades and another was named GLVC Freshman of the Year and National Player of the Year.
Prior to coming to Bellarmine, Davenport served nine years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville under national championship-winning Hall of Fame coaches Denny Crum and Rick Pitino. He also served a year as an assistant coach on Mike Pollio’s staff at Virginia Commonwealth where he coached alongside future Kentucky coach Tubby Smith.
Before heading to Louisville, Davenport spent 10 seasons as the head boys' coach at Ballard High School, where he won a state championship in 1988 and coached two future NBA players in DeJuan Wheat and Allan Houston.
A Louisville native, Davenport and his wife, Sharon, have two sons, Russ and Doug, who are both Bellarmine graduates.
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