CHARLESTON, S.C. – Courtney Davidson has been hired as Director of Women’s Basketball Operations as announced by College of Charleston Head Coach Candice M. Jackson on Thursday.
Davidson comes to The College from Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio, where she served as the director of operations for the women’s basketball program under head coach John Barnes.
“I’m excited to have Courtney join our staff,” said Jackson. “Through her experiences and her skill-set, Courtney has a lot to offer our players and our program. It’s been fun to watch her as a player, a high school coach and now as a director of operations. She is a wonderful addition.”
Prior to joining the Penguins, Davidson spent the previous two years serving as head coach at her alma mater, Ursuline High School, in Youngstown, Ohio. Davidson led Ursuline to the Division III district finals her first year as head coach in 2012. The Irish also advanced to the district finals in each of her three seasons as an assistant coach from 2008-11.
Outside of basketball, Davidson worked at Eastern Gateway Community College as an academic and educational advisor during the 2012-13 academic year.
Davidson was a three-year letter-winner at Michigan State during a four-year stretch of national prominence for the program. The Spartans were the national runners-up her freshman year, advanced to the Elite Eight her sophomore year and appeared in the Sweet 16 her junior year, before making it all the way to finals of the WNIT during her senior season in 2008. Davidson was the recipient of the team’s Sixth Woman of the Year Award as both a sophomore and junior.
As a player at Ursuline, Davidson was ranked as the No. 43 player in the country in 2004 by the All-Star Girls Report. A three-time first-team all-state selection, she finished her prep career with 2,076 career points – good enough for 28th best all-time in state history.
Davidson graduated in 2008 from Michigan State with a bachelor's degree in organizational communication. She also earned her master's in school counseling from Youngstown State in 2011 and likes to travel, shop and spend time with family in her free time.
“I’ve known Coach Jackson for about 10 years now,” said Davidson. “She was a graduate assistant while I was a player at Michigan State and I have followed her journey closely. Knowing where she started and being able to witness her growth has been inspiring. She is an upcoming coach in this business. "When Coach Jackson presented me with the opportunity to come to the The College, live in the beautiful city of Charleston, and continue to work with great people in this profession, I was honored to become a Cougar."
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