After leading Middle Tennessee to conference championships and NCAA Tournament runs, Kermit Davis returned to his home state as the 22nd permanent head coach of the Ole Miss basketball program, as announced on March 15, 2018.
A native of Leakesville, Mississippi, Davis guided the Blue Raiders to league titles in seven of his last nine years in Murfreesboro, between Conference USA and the Sun Belt. Middle Tennessee is one of five programs he has led to conference championships in 36 years as an assistant and head coach. An eight-time conference coach of the year, Davis is 34th among active Division I head coaches with 403 career wins, including stints at MT, Idaho and Texas A&M. He ranks 11th nationally in winning percentage over the last three years and 13th over the last seven.
Under Davis’ watch, Middle Tennessee made the 2013, 2016 and 2017 NCAA tournaments and defeated No. 2 seed Michigan State and No. 5 seed Minnesota in back-to-back seasons. He boasts five NCAA Tournament appearances as a head coach between the Blue Raiders and Vandals.
Win Case is in his first season as Ole Miss assistant coach after head coach Kermit Davis anmed him to the staff in March 2018.
Prior to his arrival in Oxford, Case spent the last 10 seasons on Davis’ staff at Middle Tennessee, helping the Blue Raiders capture seven conference title and make three NCAA Tournament appearances. Middle Tennessee won 232 games during Case’s decade in Murfreesboro, including six seasons with at least 24 victories.
“Win Case has won two national championships as a head coach at Oklahoma City University and has been so instrumental in our championship runs over the last 10 years,” said Davis. “He is one of the most charismatic coaches in our business!”
Ronnie Hamilton is in his first year as assistant coach for the Rebels, having been hired by head coach Kermit Davis in March 2018.
Before coming to Ole Miss, Hamilton was at Middle Tennessee for four seasons, assisting the program in one of the best runs in school history. Alongside Davis and fellow Rebel assistant Win Case, he helped produce a stretch in which the Blue Raiders earned three straight Conference USA championships, recorded two NCAA Tournament upsets over No. 2 seed Michigan State (2016) and No. 5 seed Minnesota (2017) and won a school-record 31 games (2016).
Before arriving at Middle Tennessee, Hamilton was familiar with Conference USA due to stints at Houston and Tulane. The Oxford, North Carolina, native joined the Blue Raider coaching staff after a two-year stop at Houston.
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