SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Longtime Santa Clara men's basketball coach Dick Davey will be one of 10 inductees into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor.
The ninth annual class will be recognized during the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships (March 2-7) in Las Vegas.
Davey was a member of the Santa Clara staff from 1977 until 2007. He took over as head coach for the 1992-93 season and led the Broncos to a 251-190 record (.569) and three NCAA Tournament berths (1992-93, 1994-95, 1995-96).
His teams finished among the top three in the league standings nine years, including three (1994-95 through 1996-97) either winning or sharing the regular-season title.
Davey ended his Santa Clara head-coaching career ranked second in league history in conference wins (122), behind only his mentor Williams (165). Davey still ranks fourth on that list.
The other members of the class include BYU's Tina Gunn Robison (Women's Basketball), Gonzaga's John Stockton (Men's Basketball), Loyola Marymount's Paul Westhead (Men's Basketball), Pacific's Jennifer Joines Tamas (Volleyball), Pepperdine's William "Bird" Averitt (Men's Basketball), Portland's Shannon Mac Millan (Women's Soccer), Saint Mary's Mark Teahen (Baseball), San Diego's John Cunningham (Baseball) and San Francisco's Brittany Lindhe (Women's Basketball).
The class will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 4 (9 a.m. Pacific) at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased by contacting Lindsey Jones (Ljones@westcoast.org) in the WCC office. The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 16.
Dick Davey, Santa Clara University
Davey coached basketball for Santa Clara from 1977 until 2007. Davey's tenure on the Mission Campus began as an assistant under longtime head coach Carroll Williams before taking over the reins of the program beginning in the 1992-93 season. He guided the Broncos for 15 years while posting a 251-190 record (good for a .569 winning percentage) and led Santa Clara to three NCAA Tournament berths (1992-93, 1994-95, 1995-96), which included second round tournament appearances in 1992-1993 and 1995-1996.
Under Davey, the Broncos claimed three regular season West Coast Conference outright or shared titles (1994-95 through 1996-97), registered four 20-win campaigns, and his teams finished among the top three in the conference standings nine times. For his efforts, Davey earned WCC Coach of the Year honors in four seasons (1992-93, 1994-95, 1996-97, 2006-07) and when his Santa Clara career ended he ranked second in league history in career conference wins (122) behind only his mentor Williams (165), and he still ranks fourth on that list. Davey coached four WCC Players of the Year and his players accounted for 34 all-conference honors.
Davey played basketball and baseball at the University of the Pacific, lettering three times in both sports. He was an All-WCC catcher for the Tigers before signing a professional contract with the San Francisco Giants with whom he spent two seasons in their farm system. He started his coaching career at Leland High School in San Jose and became a collegiate assistant coach in 1971 at Cal.