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Coach Mike Davis And The Indiana Hoosiers

Rep. Julia M. Carson

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize that the Black Coaches Association will honor Indiana University's Head Coach Mike Davis as the ``Male Coach of the Year'' during their national convention to be held in Indianapolis this weekend.

Mr. Speaker, my heartfelt and enthusiastic congratulation is extended to Coach Mike Davis and the Indiana University Basketball Team for their achievements in this year's NCAA Final Four Tournament.

Coach Davis started his coaching career as Alabama's assistant basketball coach in 1995, and remained with the program until 1997.

In 1997 Coach Davis became an assistant coach for the Indiana University basketball program.

On September 10th, 2000, Coach Davis became the interim men's basketball coach at Indiana University.

With only a month to prepare for the 2000-2001 season Davis led the Hoosiers to a 21-13 record, a runner-up finish in the Big Ten Tournament and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Displaying leadership, unwavering faith, and heart throughout the 2001-2002 season, Coach Davis led the Indiana Hoosier's to their first NCAA Final-Four appearance since 1993, narrowly missing the championship.

Coach Davis makes it no secret that he is a religious man; in fact the Christian faith permeates his entire life including basketball.

The Indiana University basketball team has voluntary chapel each week at Eastern Star Church in my district where Coach Davis is a member.

Coach Davis believes unto whom much is given much is required. He is a cheerful and generous philanthropist. For example, Coach Davis donated to non-profit organizations the bonus he received for leading Indiana to the Final Four. His gifts helped to enrich the lives of many.

Coach Mike Davis and Indiana University are to be congratulated for reminding Hoosiers and basketball fans everywhere that leadership, faith, and determination are products of achievement.

Mr. Speaker, to Coach Davis, keep up the good work and congratulations on your award and great season!

Your spirit has enriched the lives of countless individuals, especially the young people.