Belmont's Byrd, MTSU's Davis recognized for 2011-12 efforts

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 9:08pm
Staff reports

Belmont’s Rick Byrd and Middle Tennessee State’s Kermit Davis were tabbed National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District Coaches of the Year.

Byrd, in his 25th season with the Bruins, collected District 3 honors. Davis, finishing up his 10th season at MTSU, picked up the District 24 award.

Byrd guided the Bruins to a 27-8 record and into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and fifth over the last seven seasons. Belmont’s season ended last week at the hands of Georgetown in a NCAA Tournament opening round game.

Since 2006, Belmont has captured five Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championships and five conference tournament crowns. The Bruins are joining the Ohio Valley Conference next season.

Byrd ranks eighth among active Division I head coaches with 637 victories and has picked up 57 over the last two seasons – ninth most in the country.

Davis, the Sun Belt Coach of the Year, led the Blue Raiders in the NIT quarterfinals – they hosted Minnesota on Wednesday night. Before this season, MTSU hadn’t won a postseason game since 1989.

The Blue Raiders were 27-6, setting a program-record for single-season wins, and captured their second Sun Belt regular-season crown in the last three years. In addition, Davis guided the Blue Raiders to school-records in home wins (15) and road wins (11) this season.

He has won 180 games at MTSU – the most by any Blue Raiders head coach.