Grace College is pleased to announce Dan Davis as the next head coach for the Lady Lancers' women’s basketball program.
Davis is fresh off a successful 10-year stint at Auburn University-Montgomery. As the head women’s basketball coach at AUM, he led the Warhawks to a pair of appearances at the NAIA Division I National Tournament. He was also named the Coach of the Year in the Southern States Athletic Conference.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be the next women’s basketball head coach at Grace. I want to thank Chad Briscoe and Dr. Bill Katip for entrusting me with this program. In the interview process it was obvious to feel their passion, energy and enthusiasm for the Lord, Grace College, the student-athletes, student body and mission of Grace,” Davis said. “I can’t wait to meet the team face-to-face and start building the kind of relationships it will take to be champions on and off the court.”
Davis recruited and coached five All-American players while at AUM, most notably the 2015-16 NAIA National Player of the Year (Jatoria Carter).
In the Warhawks’ final two years in the NAIA before transitioning to NCAA Division II, Davis led AUM to a record of 23-10 in 2015-16 and 21-10 in 2014-15.
“We are very excited to have Coach Davis lead our women’s basketball program. He comes with a very extensive, successful background at the NAIA level. He has a heart for Christian excellence and a desire to impact and shape lives through the game of basketball,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “His background both as a player and college coach fits the mission at Grace College. His passion and his strong commitment to character development will serve him well in this new role. We look forward to Dan, his wife Christi and their children joining our Grace family.”
Prior to AUM, Davis served as the athletic director and girls’ basketball coach at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, Ga., as well as the boys’ basketball coach at Grayson High School in Grayson, Ga.
Davis graduated from AUM in 1999 after studying social sciences and secondary education. He played for four seasons on AUM’s men’s basketball team, helping the team win conference and NAIA region championships and advancing to NAIA Nationals.
“We want to graduate our student-athletes, win games, do things with integrity and build champions for Christ who make a difference in the community and on campus,” Davis continued. “We will be working hard to get the basketball alumni involved and provide an exciting brand of basketball to watch. My family and I are thrilled and excited to be joining the Grace family and Winona Lake/Warsaw community.”
Davis and his wife Christi have four children: Abigail, Cooper and twins Nash and Tate.
A new face will join the staff of Grace’s athletic department this fall.
Carol McGregor was named an assistant athletic director and assistant women’s basketball coach, starting in the 2018-19 season.
In her role as an assistant AD at Grace, she will work closely with Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. McGregor has worked at four collegiate athletic departments during her career. She will assist in overseeing the development of strategic growth within Grace’s athletic department, including varsity, junior varsity and club programs.
She will also be the lead assistant coach on the sidelines for Grace’s women’s basketball team under head coach Dan Davis.
“God’s timing is so perfect, and I am beyond excited for this new role with the Lancers. My deepest gratitude extends to President Bill Katip and Athletic Director Chad Briscoe for the opportunity to grow and develop the department,” McGregor said. “I am prepared to hit the ground running and look forward to working with the new women’s basketball head coach Dan Davis and the entire athletic staff!”
McGregor has a wealth of experience with basketball, both playing and coaching at a high level. She comes to Grace after serving two seasons as an assistant women’s basketball coach at NCAA Division I Purdue Fort Wayne.
She is familiar with the region having starred at NorthWood High School. McGregor (then Carol Duncan) was an Indiana All-Star at NorthWood and was inducted into the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
McGregor went on to play collegiately at Purdue University, earning four varsity letters. She helped the Boilermakers win two Big Ten Tournament championships in 2003 and 2004 and reach the NCAA Tournament all four seasons. Purdue reached the Elite Eight in 2003 and the Sweet Sixteen in both 2004 and 2006.
After Purdue, McGregor made coaching stops at Northwestern University (2006-08), Murray State University (2008-10), University of Saint Francis (2015-16) and Purdue Fort Wayne (2016-18).
“We look forward to having Carol join our family at Grace College. She has an extensive background both in administration and coaching at the NAIA and NCAA DI level, which will help grow and impact our athletic department,” Briscoe said. “Her roots in northern Indiana and her desire to change lives for Christ will have a great impact on our athletic programs, campus and community.”
McGregor earned her Bachelor’s degree at Purdue in English and obtained her Master’s in sports administration from Northwestern.
McGregor lives in Fort Wayne with her husband Ross and daughter Blair.