2019 Ralph beard humanitarian award winner

Scott Davenport

 On April 29, 2005, Scott Davenport became the 11th coach in Bellarmine University men's basketball history, and in six years took BU all the way to the top by leading the Knights to the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament national championship. For his efforts, he was named national Coach of the Year by two different organizations: the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Division II Bulletin.

Davenport, a four-time GLVC Coach of the Year, will enter his 14th season in 2018-19.

Bellarmine had yet another extraordinary season under Davenport in 2017-18. The Knights finished 29-3 and captured their second GLVC Tournament title in a row and fourth overall on Davenport's watch. Bellarmine won an outright GLVC regular-season championship for the second straight season, marking the fifth consecutive year the Knights won at least a share of the regular-season crown. Davenport was voted GLVC Coach of the Year for the fourth time and guided Bellarmine to a 10th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

In 2016-17, the Knights earned a fourth Midwest Region title and trip to the Final Four in seven years while going 32-4 in accumulating the second-most wins in program history. Davenport pushed the Knights to an outright Great Lakes Valley Conference East title and their third GLVC Tournament championship. For his efforts, Davenport was chosen as the GLVC Coach of the Year for a third time.

During his tenure, five players have been named to All-America squads (Jeremy Kendle, Braydon Hobbs, Jake Thelen, Rusty Troutman, Adam Eberhard) while three have earned conference Player of the Year accolades (Kendle, Hobbs, Thelen) and another was named GLVC Freshman of the Year and National Player of the Year (Hobbs).

Prior to coming to Bellarmine, Davenport served nine years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville under national championship-winning Hall of Fame coaches Denny Crum and Rick Pitino. He also served a year as an assistant coach on Mike Pollio’s staff at Virginia Commonwealth where he coached alongside future Kentucky coach Tubby Smith.

Before heading to Louisville, Davenport spent 10 seasons as the head boys' coach at Ballard High School, where he won a state championship in 1988 and coached two future NBA players in DeJuan Wheat and Allan Houston.

A Louisville native, Davenport and his wife, Sharon, have two sons, Russ and Doug, who are both Bellarmine graduates.  


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2019 Celebrity Guest List

Bobby McGrath

Breno Giacomini

Chantal Sutherland

Charles Walker

Chris Landeros

Chris Redmon

Chris Wilson

Corey Lanerie

Ed Norris

Eric Gilliland

Eric Wood

Gary Palmisano

George Davis IV

Greg Caldwell

Jake Smith

John Hackworth

John McGrath

Josh Thompson

Larry O’Bannon Jr.

March Jurich 

Mike Sirignano

Pat Vadden

Paul Rogers

Robby Albarado

Scotty Davenport

Todd Wellemeyer

Tom Lane

Travis Stone

Vince Tyra

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