April 3, 2015
Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- Central Michigan men's basketball coach Keno Davis received the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award Friday at at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet.
Davis, who earlier this season was named the Mid-American Conference coach of the year, is the first CMU coach to earn the Prosser, which is presented annually since 2008 to a coach who achieves success on the basketball court and also displays moral integrity off of it.
"It's a very humbling experience to not only be nominated for this award, but to win it," Davis said. "I think to be able to win an award that is in recognition of not only a successful season on the court, and to run a successful program, but to be able to do it in a way that is with high character with student-athletes who have represented their school, their program in an exemplary fashion is even more rewarding than being a coach that has had success on the court."
The Prosser Award adds to an ever-growing list of coaching accolades that Davis has earned in a head coaching career that began in 2007-08 at Drake, where he was named the coach of the year by six national organizations, including the Associated Press, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and The Sporting News.
Davis said the Prosser, like any award, is a cumulative effort.
"It's an award that I'll humbly and happily accept, and accept on behalf of the administration at CMU, my assistant coaches who were able to recruit such a great group of young men, who have done so much both on and off the court," he said. "It's also a recognition of those student-athletes we have and the work that they have put in. I think it's an award that we all share at Central Michigan."
The award is named Prosser, the former Wake Forest coach who died in 2007.
Davis, in his third year at CMU, led the Chippewas to a remarkable turnaround in 2014-15. CMU finished 23-9 and captured its first Mid-American Conference regular-season championship since 2003.
The Chippewas reached the championship game of the MAC Tournament and earned a bid to the NIT, marking the first time they had won a conference title and made a post-season appearance since '03.
CMU was picked to finish 11th in the 12-team league in the preseason poll of media who cover the conference, and won more games than in the previous two seasons combined.