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Thursday, February 1, 2007
Davey will retire after 30 seasons with Santa Clara

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Longtime Santa Clara coach Dick Davey will retire after this season and perhaps pursue another position with the university.

Davey, in his 15th season as head coach and 30th overall at the school, said last month he wasn't ready to think about the end of his coaching career -- but athletic director Dan Coonan apparently is ready to think about the program's long-term future.

Davey moved past former Gonzaga coach Dan Fitzgerald into second place on the West Coast Conference's career list Jan. 6 with his 113th win. He is behind only Carroll Williams, Davey's predecessor who coached at Santa Clara from 1970-92 and has a school-record 344 victories.

Davey always noted how fortunate he's been to work in one place for so long, crediting the administration for its confidence in him.

"I have had a great experience at Santa Clara both with the basketball program and in the SCU community," said Davey, who has been offered a fundraising job at Santa Clara. "Honestly, I consider myself lucky to have spent 30 years with some super people. There comes a time when change needs to occur. Now is that time. It is my hope that we can finish the season on a strong note and that next year brings even better rewards to the young men in the program."

Davey is an old-school coach known for his mentoring style, sporting argyle sweaters and hanging out with his grandkids after games. He is one of only four head coaches at Santa Clara since 1950.

Coonan will begin looking for Davey's successor immediately. There has been speculation that former Stanford and Golden State Warriors coach Mike Montgomery could be a top candidate if he's interested. Montgomery has been broadcasting games since the Warriors fired him last summer.

"Dick Davey embodies the very best of what Santa Clara stands for," Coonan said in a statement. "He has been a father figure and mentor to scores of student-athletes, staff and fellow coaches. He has also made an unmistakable mark on those lives and on this great university, and has certainly earned a prominent place in Santa Clara Athletics lore. Dick has been and will continue to be a wonderful ambassador for the university."

Davey owns a 245-187 record with three 20-win seasons and has taken the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament three times.