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After 33 years, Bob McKillop is retiring

After 33 seasons as the men’s basketball team’s head coach, Bob McKillop is stepping down. He guided Davidson College to 23 conference titles (15 regular season, 8 tournament), 10 NCAA Tournament berths, and more than 600 victories. McKillop, 71, a candidate for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, ends his storied career as the most successful coach in school and league history and is placed 54th on the NCAA Division I victory list with 634 entries.

With a record of 27-7 overall, including a program-best 15-3 record in Atlantic 10 play, McKillop guided the Wildcats to their second-most victories in a single season in 2021–22. McKillop’s last season was completed with the school’s second NCAA Tournament at-large berth in addition to him winning his 11th (9 — SoCon, 2 — A-10) Conference Coach of the Year accolade.

The NCAA Tournament was held in 1998, 2002, 2006–08, 2012–2013, 2015, 2018, and 2022. The NIT was held in 1994–1996 and in 2005–2009, 2014–2016, 2019 and 2021. The CBI was held in 2011. Together with McKillop, Davidson College triumphed in the Midwest Regional Championship game of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

 

Written by Eren Kilic

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