By Adam Brown
Ole Miss head men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis was named SEC Coach of the Year by his peers and the Associated Press on Tuesday morning.
Davis turned the program around in his first season in Oxford by taking the Rebels to a 20-11 mark in the regular season and 10-8 in conference play. Last season, under Andy Kennedy Ole Miss, finished with a 12-20 overall record and 5-13 in league play.
The Leakesville, Mississippi native became the sixth Ole Miss men’s basketball Coach of the Year honor and just the second in his first season at the helm just behind Kennedy in his first season.
“First of all, I would like to thank Ross Bjork for giving me this wonderful opportunity at Ole Miss,” Davis said. “It’s an honor to be recognized among such an elite group of coaches that we have in the SEC. A huge thanks to the hard work of our coaching staff, support staff and players that make these awards possible.”
Ole Miss opened conference play on fire as they won their first three conference games and Davis was the first Rebel coach to reach that feat. He was the second coach to win 13 of his first 15 games as well as the third coach in program history to win 20 games in his first season.
Davis and his squad open their conference tournament run on Thursday as they take on the Alabama Crimson Tide at 6 p.m. inside Bridgeton Arena in Nashville. Fans can watch all the action on the SEC Network.