Kristen Davis Named Ladies Basketball Head Coach
Thursday, August 19, 2010
SHREVEPORT-A familiar face and former assistant women's basketball coach at Centenary, Kristen Davis, was named the new head coach for the Ladies on Thursday, announced by Director of Athletics, Dr. Tom Tallach. 

"Kristen has done an outstanding job for us as an assistant and is ready for the challenge of being a head coach," said Tallach.

Davis replaces Bojan Jankovic, who resigned earlier this month to pursue another coaching opportunity. After having been a part of the Ladies program for the past two years, Davis becomes the seventh head women's coach in the school's history.

"I am grateful I'll get the opportunity to coach our Centenary women's basketball players and am excited about being named head coach. As an assistant for two years, I know what great student-athletes we have here at Centenary," said Davis.

"We'll have the opportunity to compete in the Summit League for one more season before transitioning to the American Southwest Conference.  For our underclassmen, it's an advantage to compete in DI for a year before entering into the very competitive ASC."

While the only assistant on staff for Centenary, Davis assisted in all aspects of the game, including film exchange, recruiting, strength and conditioning and on-court coaching.

Prior to joining the staff at Centenary, Davis spent the 2006-08 seasons as an assistant for the Northwestern State women's basketball team. During that time, she helped coach NSU to a pair of Southland Conference Tournament berths.  

Davis played four seasons for the Lady Demons. As a student-athlete, Davis was part of 69 wins, including the 2003-04 season when the Lady Demons won the SLC regular season and tournament championships and reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

In her senior season, NSU became one of only 37 schools in NCAA history to record 600 wins all-time and 300 home-court wins all-time. Davis was honored with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes award for Lady Demon basketball.

Davis earned her Master's degree in sports administration, while helping with recruiting, film exchange, travel, academic progress of the Lady Demons and scouting. She also coordinated the NSU girl's basketball camps over the past two summers.

Davis is originally from Sulphur, La., and graduated in 2006 with honors and a degree in political science.

Centenary will return three seniors and a mix of talent from the 2009-10 season and welcome several new faces to the program.

"I am very pleased with our freshmen class and I know our returners are excited to go to work.  I'm also very excited about our seniors.  Ashley, Anne, and Sarah each bring key leadership qualities that will make huge contributions to the team. I know our players have been working hard during the summer and are ready to get the season going.  The Summit League is a tough, competitive conference, with each team improving each year.  Our players know they will have high expectations and demands to work hard each day at practice," said Davis.