HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth men’s basketball head coach David McLaughlin announced the hiring of Ben Davis as his director of basketball operations for the 2017-18 season. Davis, a 2006 graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, once was an assistant under McLaughlin at Division II Stonehill College.
“Our program is very fortunate to have Ben join us for the upcoming season,” McLaughlin said. “I have known Ben for over 10 years, and he is a person of high character, intrinsically motivated, a true team player and will value building relationships with our players. Ben gave up a tremendous amount having built a successful program at Mount Ida, and I know his previous experiences will help us as we work to continue to build the Dartmouth basketball program on all levels.”
Most recently, Davis served as the head coach for Division III Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts the last four years. He helped the Mustangs improve their record every year at the helm, culminating in a program-record 12 wins in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference last season. Mount Ida posted an overall record of 17-10 and recorded its first GNAC postseason win in school history as well, leading to Davis’ selection as the GNAC Coach of the Year. The team set school records for scoring (80.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.443), 3-point percentage (.365) and most 3-pointers made (215). The Mustangs also qualified for the conference tournament the previous two seasons, and Davis finished his tenure with a 41-63 record.
Prior to taking over the reins at Mount Ida, Davis served as an assistant coach at Siena for two years, helping out in all areas of national recruitment while aiding in the development and implementation of all game and practice planning. The Saints advanced to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals in 2012 and the quarterfinals in 2013.
During his three seasons at Stonehill under McLaughlin, Davis helped the Skyhawks win at least 21 games and advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament each year with a combined record of 67-22 . In the 2009-10 campaign, Stonehill won the Northeast-10 Conference with a 24-6 mark and was ranked as high as 16th in the nation. In his role as the national recruiting coordinator, the players that he brought in over a four-year span won the East Regional to advance to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 2012.
A four-year letter winner and team captain as a senior for Wheaton, Davis was instrumental in the Lyons winning ECAC Championships in 2005 and ’06. The member of his class combined to win 76 games during his four years at Wheaton, the most of any class in program history. He graduated with a degree in history and political science before embarking on his college coaching career with his first stop as an assistant at Division III Nichols College. He went on to attain a master’s degree in athletic administration from Endicott College in 2012.