Dawkins Announces Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
June 16, 2008
Davey and Tention both bring head coaching experience to The Farm while Schrage arrives from Duke to join first-year head coach Dawkins, introduced as The Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball back on Apr. 28. Dawkins previously completed his 11th year as a member of the Duke coaching staff and served as the program's associate head coach for the last nine seasons (2000-08).
'I am excited to have our coaching staff on board,' said Dawkins, the 17th head coach in the history of the program. 'During the search process, our objective was to try and find the right fit and chemistry for our program and I believe we have done that successfully.'
In addition, Mark Sembrowich and Dan Shell have also joined the men's basketball support staff, with their roles to be announced at a later date. Sembrowich and Shell most recently served as assistant coaches at Yale and Saint Mary's, respectively.
Highly-regarded as a true teacher of the game and a well-respected veteran of West Coast basketball, Davey is no stranger to the Bay Area hoops scene- he previously spent 30 years working with the men's basketball program at Santa Clara and served the Broncos' head coach for 15 seasons prior to retiring at the end of the 2006-07 season.
A four-time WCC Coach of the Year, Davey finished his illustrious career with a 251-190 overall record and a 122-88 mark in WCC competition since taking over at the start of the 1992-93 campaign. He directed the Broncos to three NCAA Tournament appearances, three WCC regular season championships, a WCC Tournament title in 1993 and four 20-win seasons. Under his watch, Santa Clara boasted 23 All-WCC selections and four WCC Player of the Year honorees (Sean Denison, Marlon Garnett and Steve Nash twice). Davey's 251 career victories rank second in the school record books behind coaching legend Carroll Williams.
Under Davey, Santa Clara developed a reputation as a giant killer, as his teams earned five memorable victories over top-25 programs. He saved one his best seasons for his final campaign in 2006-07, as the Broncos finished 21-10 overall and rolled to a 10-4 mark in WCC play, good for second place in the conference. Davey also guided Santa Clara to 20-win seasons in 2000-01, 1995-96 and 1994-95. The Broncos captured the 1995 WCC regular season title outright and were crowned co-champions in 1996 and 1997. During his time as an assistant coach, the Broncos registered six 20-win seasons, made four NIT appearances and advanced to the 1987 NCAA Tournament.
'Dick obviously brings a wealth of knowledge to our program and I feel he will be a tremendous addition to our staff,' said Dawkins. 'In addition to leading successful teams at Santa Clara, he is a true teacher of the game and his experience will be an invaluable asset to our program.'
Tention brings a wealth of experience as he enters his 21st year of coaching at the college level, including head coaching stints at Loyola Marymount and College of Notre Dame. Tention has also served as an assistant coach for 13 seasons, including eight years at Arizona.
Tention most recently served as the head coach for three seasons at Loyola Marymount from 2006-08. In his first year at the helm, Tention guided the Lions to their best league finish in 10 seasons as his squad finished 8-6 in WCC play, tied for second place in the conference and advanced to the WCC Tournament title game for the first time since 1989.
Prior to his appointment at Loyola Marymount, Tention spent eight seasons (1998-2005) as an assistant coach under Lute Olson at Arizona, working primarily with the perimeter players while serving as one of the key players in Arizona's nationally-renowned recruiting efforts. During his time at Arizona, the Wildcats posted a record of 206-56 (.786) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight straight years, including the 2001 national title contest.
Tention spent six seasons at the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif., serving as the program's head coach (1995-97) after three years as an assistant. Tention played collegiately at San Francisco, where he was a two-time All-WCAC Honorable Mention selection while averaging 10.5 points and 4.3 rebounds.
'I am thrilled to have Rodney on board as a member of our staff,' said Dawkins. 'In addition to his head coaching experience, Rodney is familiar with the Pac-10 having worked as an assistant for eight years at Arizona, where he played a key role in the recruiting process.'
Dawkins first began assembling his staff with the addition of Schrage, who previously spent the last nine seasons as a member of the Duke coaching staff. Schrage most recently served as Duke's director of basketball operations from 2002-08. In that capacity, Schrage organized video scouting, coordinated film exchange and assisted the coaching staff in day-to-day operations. He also oversaw a number of logistical duties, including practice coordination and team travel.
Schrage also served as the program's academic and recruiting coordinator from 1999-2002, his first three years at Duke. Additionally, Schrage served as the director of Mike Krzyzewski's Basketball Camp and helped coordinate the annual fall Coaches' Clinic during the past five seasons.
Schrage was a four-year student manager at Indiana from 1994-98 under Bob Knight and coached and coordinated camps during the summers. In 1996, he worked with the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team as a member of its support staff. Schrage also served as the video coordinator for the USA Basketball Senior National Team staff at the 2006 World Championship games in Japan.
'I am very familiar with Mike,' said Dawkins. 'He is a go-getter type of guy with a solid work ethic. Mike was an integral part of our success at Duke, as he was involved with all aspects of the program. His experience at Indiana and working for Bob Knight and that program provides him with some real unique experiences.'
Sembrowich most recently served as an assistant coach at Yale during the past two seasons. Prior to Yale, he spent five years as an assistant coach at Army. Shell arrives on The Farm after serving as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's over the past seven seasons. During his time as a member of the Gaels' staff, Shell's duties included recruiting, game scheduling, player development, game preparation, scouting and overseeing team academics. Prior to Saint Mary's, Shell served a two-year stint at Oklahoma as the team's director of basketball operations.