The 2017-18 season will be the second for Brad Davidson as an assistant coach at the University of North Dakota. The former National Shooting Coach for Basketball Australia, Davidson helped the Fighting Hawks improve their shooting across the board in his first season. UND finished second in the Big Sky and 25th nationally in 3-point field goal percentange, by shooting 39 percent from the arc.
Those efforts helped lead the program to the 2017 Big Sky regular season and tournament titles along with their first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Davidson arrived in the United States following a distinguished career in the Australian professional ranks as both a player and coach.
He played professionally in Australia and put together a 13-year career in the National Basketball League where he played for five teams from 1997-2009. He drained more than 600 career 3-pointers and his 40.1 career clip from beyond the arc is one of the NBL’s all-time best percentages.
Following his playing days, Davidson embarked on a coaching career, which has included stints as the head coach of the West Adelaide Bearcats (2009) and Norwood Flames (2011-13) of Australia’s Premier League. He also guided the South Australian Metro team to the bronze medal at the Under-20 National Tournament in 2013 and worked as the Athlete Recruitment Manager for Australian College of Basketball in 2013.
In January of 2014, Davidson was hired as the National Shooting Coach and Talent Identification Manager for Basketball Australia’s High Performance program. In his nearly three years with BA, Davidson provided coaching for the men’s and women’s national teams and instituted a national shooting testing program for those squads to follow. He also served as the head coach of the Canberra Gunners of the South East Australia Basketball League in 2016.
Australia’s Men’s National Team, also referred to as the Boomers, made it to the Olympic semifinals in Rio this past summer. Davidson played for the Boomers from 2005-06 and helped lead the Australians to the gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Davidson is married and he and his wife, Megan, have three children together: sons Cooper and Finn and daughter Zara and he also has a daughter named Zoe.
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