As the Atlantic 10 Conference Welcomes Davidson to the league for the upcoming season, here is a primer on the Wildcats for our fans...
Location: Davidson, N.C.
Founded: 1837, by Presbyterians
(nearly 25% play a Division I sport)
Colors: Red and Black
President: Carol Quillen
Athletics Director: Jim Murphy
When the Spiders play at Davidson… Davidson’s campus is conveniently located right off of I-77 just north of Charlotte. A drive there is a little more than four hours from campus to campus.
Conference Affiliation History: Davidson joins the A-10 from the Southern Conference, of which it has been a continuous member since 1992-93. The Wildcats spent two years (1988-89 and 89-90 as an independent and from 1990-91 to 91-92 as a member of the Big South Conference). Their membership in the SoCon dates all the way back to Richmond’s entry into that league, as the two schools joined together in 1936 and served as conference opponents until 1976, when the Spiders left the league. Richmond played Davidson 40 times as a conference opponent, with the two teams playing four times (UR is 3-1 against them) at the beginning of the Robins Center era. The Spiders and Wildcats played a recent home-and-home (once in 2011 and in 2012).
Notable Athletics Accomplishments: The Wildcats have been to 12 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments, with the 2008 squad, featuring current Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, reaching the Elite Eight. Head coach Bob McKillop just completed his 25th season with the men’s hoops program, following Davidson legends like Lefty Driesell and Terry Holland. Men’s soccer reached the College Cup in 1992, which it hosted, losing in overtime in the national semifinal to end a program-best 17-win season.
Noteworthy Alumni: Anthony Foxx (current U.S. Secretary of Transportation, former Mayor of Charlotte, N.C.); Tom Marshburn (Astronaut on Endeavior in July, 2009); Dean Rusk (former U.S. Secretary of State; Tony Snow (former White House Press Secretary); Terry Holland (former men’s basketball coach and athletic director at Virginia); Patricia Cornwell (author).
Spider in the Dugout: Davidson’s head baseball coach, Dick Cooke, is a Richmond alum, class of 1978. He recently completed his 24th season as the head coach of the Wildcats. Cooke was an assistant at UR for five seasons, from 1984-88.