Last season Coach Mike Davis of Texas Southern reached a major career milestone. He won his 300th career game. I had the pleasure to ask him a few questions about the secrets to his success.
Q: You have coached at Indiana University and UAB, but what was it like to get your 300th at Texas Southern?
A: Anytime your reach a coaching milestone in regards to wins it is special. I couldn’t have done it without the hard work of our student-athletes, coaching staff, and administrators.
Q: As a Head Coach how do you keep your student-athletes prepared in the classroom and on the court?
A: We have a great academic team here at Texas Southern that does a great job with working with our student-athletes. We preach to our young men the importance of taking care of business inside the classroom and completing their degrees.
Q: How does preparedness in the classroom translate into preparedness on the court?
A: The two go hand in hand. A smart team typically is a successful team on the court. The two compliment each other as student-athletes that excel in academics also make smart decisions on the court.
Q: You recently released a major strategy key. You like to schedule tough non-conference games when your opponent’s student body is gone on break. What role did this play in last season’s win over Michigan State at the Breslin Center on December 20th?
A: We try to schedule a challenging schedule to get us prepared for our conference slate and tournament play. I feel this has been a big part of why we’ve been able to have so much success over the years here at TSU.
Q: What are some challenges you face when recruiting transfer student athletes? What are some advantages?
A: Welcoming transfers into your program is all about finding the right fit and bringing in guys that will buy into your program academically and athletically. There’s some place for everyone and the advantages can be beneficial for all parties involved.
Q: How does a playing a tough non-conference schedule help your during conference tournament time?
A: It gets our team used to playing in hostile environments and ready to compete anywhere on any given day.
Q:You have quite the impressive SWAC Conference record. How has Texas Southern sustained success in conference play?
A: We always try to focus on playing the game of basketball the right. When you do that you’ll have success no matter what level of play you’re competing in.
Q: Why should people in Houston stop by HPE Arena and check out your team?
A: We have an exciting program and we encourage all fans of the game of basketball to join us for home games.
Q: What advantage does the TSU student body give your team during home games?
A: Our student section has always been extremely supportive. Our team feeds off their energy during our games and they’ve been there for us from day one.
Q: What have some of your former Texas Southern student athletes gone on to do professionally after school?
A: We’ve had several of our guys get opportunities to play basketball at the professional level in some capacity. But what we’re most proud of is when a young man comes here and leaves with a degree in hand.