Davis opts for assistant athletic director role

Updated: March 19, 2005, 3:57 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson women's basketball coach Jim Davis stepped down Saturday to take a position as assistant athletic director.

Davis, the winningest basketball coach in school history, led the Lady Tigers to 355 victories and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances since arriving in 1987. However, they've had two losing seasons the past three years and finished last in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 8-20.

"I have been blessed to serve as the women's basketball coach at Clemson for the last 18 years," Davis said in a statement. "I have grown to love this university and its people. I have the utmost respect for Terry Don Phillips and his vision for this department and I am looking forward to serving Clemson in this new capacity."

Davis received a three-year contract extension through 2008 after last season.

"Women's basketball has slid and we must regain and build our stature -- you deserve the opportunity to do that. However, if you can't do it, then in fairness to our program, we would need to have opportunity to have a change of direction," Phillips wrote.

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