UW-Whitewater's Chris Davis and Pat Miller Earn NABC Honors
UW-WHITEWATER’S CHRIS DAVIS AND PAT MILLER
EARN 2012 NABC DIVISION III PLAYER AND UPS COACH OF THE OF THE YEAR HONORS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 21, 2012) – The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the 2012 NCAA® Division III champion, received additional honors as senior Chris Davis has been selected as the 2012 NABC Division III Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and coach Pat Miller has been named UPS NABC Division III Coach of the Year.
Davis, a NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America selection this season, and Miller will receive their awards at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game awards show on Sunday, April 1, at the New Orleans Theatre at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.
A 6-6 center from Madison, Wis., Davis was the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Player of the Year. He led the Warhawks in scoring with a 22.2 average, hit 55 percent of his field goal attempts, averaged 7.9 rebounds and had 23 blocked shots. Davis connected on 41 percent of his three-point attempts and had an outstanding year at the free throw line, connecting on 113 of 127 tries for 89 percent.
On March 17, Davis helped lead his team to the NCAA Division III national championship, topping Cabrini, 63-60, in the title game in Salem, Va. In a semifinal win over MIT, Davis scored 30 points with five rebounds and two blocks.
In his 11th season as the Warhawks’ head coach, Miller has an outstanding won-lost record of 238-74 for a winning percentage of 76.2, including a 29-4 mark this season. This marked the fifth time as head coach that Miller’s team has won the WIAC title and he was selected as the conference coach of the year for the fourth time.
An outstanding player for the Warhawks and coach Dave Vander Meulen as an undergraduate, Miller and his teammates won the NCAA Division III championship in 1989, his senior season. He was an assistant coach for eight seasons under Vander Meulen, whose team also won a national title in 1984.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.