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.
Bellarmine remains one of the premier programs in Division II under Davenport, who boasts a career record of 316-96 through the 2017-18 season and ranks third nationally among active Division II coaches with a winning percentage of better than 76 percent.
Taking over a program that had made the NCAA tournament field just nine times in the history of the program that dates back to 1950, Davenport has now led the Knights to 10 consecutive NCAA appearances and has accumulated a 24-9 record in tournament play for an incredible 72.7 winning percentage. Davenport has guided the Knights to four Final Four appearances with the last coming in 2016-17.
Davenport also has transformed Knights Hall into one of the top home court advantages in Division II basketball. Through the 2018 season, the Knights have won 57 straight in their home arena and boast a 139-7 record over the past nine seasons.
The 2018 Knights won Bellarmine’s fourth-straight Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division regular-season title (16-2) and captured the GLVC Tournament for the second straight year. Davenport was named GLVC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in 2018.
In his 13 years at Bellarmine, five players have been named to All-America squads, 30 have been named to All-GLVC teams while three have earned conference Player of the Year accolades, three were named Defensive Player of the Year, and another player 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.