NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University women’s basketball head coach Jessica Kern announced the hiring of Dee Davis to the staff as director of operations.
Davis, a former WNBA player and standout at Vanderbilt University, returns to Nashville after serving as the Director of Operations at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
“I am truly honored to have Coach Davis join our Family," commented Kern. “Her experience as an elite player, local ties and attention to detail as a successful business woman adds tremendous value to what we are building. Her contributions will be invaluable.”
Davis spent 10 years at University School of Nashville where she served as a physical education teacher and admissions associate in addition to coaching both basketball and softball. Davis also served as Merit Pro Combine Director for Merit Management Group, Inc., since 2013, helping organize the annual event which provides a platform for draft prospects, free agents and graduating seniors a chance to be evaluated by scouts.
“I would like to thank Coach Jessica Kern, AD Teresa Phillips, and the Big Blue family for welcoming me into your program at THE Tennessee State University,” said Davis. “I am excited to be here and I am ready to work! Let’s go Big Blue!”
Following a stellar collegiate career at Vanderbilt, Davis was a second round pick by the Houston Comets in the 2007 WNBA Draft. She participated in the Seattle Storm’s 2008 training camp and played two years professionally overseas before returning to the WNBA and spending one season with the San Antonio Stars in 2010.
During her collegiate career, the point guard helped the Commodores to a 99-33 record and a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Davis is the all-time assist leader in Vanderbilt history, dishing out 730 assists (5.8 per game) in addition to ranking sixth in school history in career free throw percentage (80.4 percent).
She was a two-time All-SEC selection and earned WBCA All-American honorable mention honors as a senior. Davis helped Vanderbilt to a pair of SEC Tournament titles and her teams reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament all four seasons. She still holds three of the top-10 season assist totals in school history.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Davis graduated from Vanderbilt with a bachelor of science in communication.