On July 20, Larry Davis was named interim head coach of the Pacifi c University women’s basketball team, following the resignation of coach Jennifer Mountain on June 9. Coach Davis has been the women’s assistant coach under Mountain for the last four seasons.
“I’m definitely excited,” Davis said. “We have a lot of players ready to step in and take bigger roles.”
The head coach position will reopen in the spring. However this does not mean the university will not be seeing coach Davis back next year.
“I’ll take this year’s audition and see how it all works out,” Davis said. “A lot of it is based off how the season goes. We are going to go through a lot of transition.”
Women’s basketball loses nine players from last year which included seven seniors and among those seniors was All-American Sarah Curl. However, Davis sees some positives in this. Davis said by putting in the right system the team can be very successful.
“I think we’ll take a lot of people by surprise,” Davis said. ”I think people are gonna overlook what we have on the roster. We have a lot of thirsty players that want to get out there and prove themselves.”
Davis has over 20 years of coaching experience, being the head women’s basketball coach at Mt. Hood Community College and a men’s assistant coach at Concordia University. Even with his extensive history, Davis said he learned a lot from working with coach Mountain the last 4 years.
“Coach Mountain has a huge amount of knowledge,” Davis said. “Not only that but just the organization of running a program when it comes to recruiting, scheduling, the administrative side and on the court time.”