TWC's Davis inducted into NAIA Hall of Fame

Posted on: August 27, 2013

A former TWC basketball star has been inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.

A former Tennessee Wesleyan College basketball star is one of 12 who are honored this year with an induction into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame. Bobby Davis, class of 1968, is one of TWC’s most highly regarded athletes in the college’s history. His accomplishments include more than a dozen distinguished athletic honors and in addition, he held the record as a TWC leading scorer with 1,985 points until 1985.

Since it was established in 1952, the NAIA Hall of Fame has welcomed just 1,172 members for an average of 19 inductees per year. The Hall of Fame consists of a division for each sport currently or formerly sponsored by the Association, with the inductees in each division broken down into three categories: athletes, coaches and meritorious service. The title of Hall of Famer is the highest individual honor bestowed by the NAIA.

“It is a great honor and I am humbled by my selection,” said Davis, whose post-TWC career took him from coaching basketball to working in sales and marketing. “I want to thank those who nominated and supported me, as well as the selection committee.  Tennessee Wesleyan was a great experience for me, a great place to continue my education and to play basketball.”

Davis credits his former coaches and teammates for the successes he had on the court.

“I had the privilege of playing for Coach Dwain Farmer and was surrounded by a talented group of teammates,” said Davis. “Any success I achieved in basketball can be attributed to great coaching in high school and college and all my former Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs teammates.”

One of many who nominated Davis for the Hall of Fame honor, TWC Director of Athletics Donny Mayfield believes he exemplifies TWC athletic excellence.

“In my 14 years at TWC, if the question of who is the best TWC basketball player of all time is asked, the name Bobby Davis is always the first to be mentioned,” said Mayfield. “Almost five decades since he put on a TWC uniform, his name is still at the top of all time TWC greats and based on his accomplishments, it will be tough for anyone to surpass.”

Davis currently works in marketing part-time at Marvin Concepts and Dealers Warehouse Corporation in Knoxville, Tenn., and enjoys playing golf and traveling in his free time. He and his wife Suzanne, who he met at TWC, recently celebrated their 45th anniversary. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Katie, and a 7-year-old granddaughter, Kayla.