Coach Profiles: Rasheen Davis

Position: Assistant Coach

Coaching Timeline:

2007-08: University of Louisville program assistant
2008-09: University of Pittsburgh Video Coordinator
2010-12:  Xavier University  Assistant coach
2013-15 Manhattan College Associate Head coach
2015-16: Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Coach
2017: University of Massachusetts Assistant Coach


Davis brings a resume filled with success and impressive coaching mentors. He started his career at Louisville where the Cardinals recorded an Elite Eight appearance in his one season. There, he served as a program Assistant under Rick Pitino, who amid recent Adidas and recruiting scandals, was dismissed from the University. Despite this, it is undeniable that Pitino is one of the greatest college coaches of all time, as he is the only coach to lead two different schools (Louisville and Kentucky) to national championships and ranks 36th all time in career wins.

After one year, Davis moved to the Big East as a video coordinator for Pittsburgh. His one season at Pitt was also marked by an Elite Eight appearance in which the Panthers finished 31-5 and earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Journeyman continued onto Xavier where he was given his first assistant coaching gig under Chris Mack. In his two year tenure the musketeers went to the NCAA tournament both times, compiling a 47-21 record and one Sweet sixteen birth.

Davis continued to move up the College basketball ladder and kept seeing success, this time at the University of Manhattan as Associate Head Coach. In two seasons the Jaspers were back to back Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference champions and reached two more NCAA tournaments.

Davis’ final stop before UMass was at Atlantic 10 foe Virginia Commonwealth. As Assistant Coach, his main role focused around recruiting and player development but he was also an integral piece of continuing VCU’s zone press and signature Havoc Defense developed under Shaka Smart. In Davis’ time, VCU finished 51-20 and had a pair of March Madness appearances.

In fact, since 2008 Davis has been involved or on the coaching staff of a team in postseason play and has never missed the big dance in his entire career.


“Any time an opportunity knocks on your door, such as being employed at a place with such promise and rich tradition as the University of Massachusetts presents itself, you don’t walk through the door, you bust through it,”…“I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from some of the brightest coaches and administrators that intercollegiate athletics has to offer. Coach (Matt) McCall has had success and a complete understanding of what is required to shape the minds of our young people on our roster and our overall University of Massachusetts community.”

Quote from Daily Hampshire Gazette article by Matt Vantour


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