Tricia Davern

Tricia  Davern

Assistant Coach | 7th Season

Alma Mater:
TCU | 2002

Coach Davern can be reached in her office at (817) 257-7962.

- Promoted to assistant coach on May 24, 2007 

- Was hired by coach Jeff Mittie in June 2004 as director of basketball operations 

- Helps tutor the Frog post players
- TCU is 128-65 (.663) with Davern on staff
- Was the first former TCU player to join Jeff Mittie's staff 

- Coached for one year at Arlington Heights H.S. before joining TCU 

- Is one of TCU's seven 1,000-point scorers


Tricia Davern, now in her seventh season with TCU, is entering her fourth year as an assistant coach on head coach Jeff Mittie's staff. Prior to being named assistant coach, Davern served as director of basketball operations from 2004-2007.

Davern, in addition to helping Mittie tutor the Frog post players, also helps to coordinate the team's academic efforts, summer camps and community outreach program. As director of basketball operations, Davern's duties included handling team travel, academics, film exchange, community outreach, compliance issues and other administrative responsibilities.

Davern, formerly Tricia Payne, starred for the Frogs from 1998 to 2003. When she was hired on June 9, 2004, she became the first former player of Mittie's to later be hired on his staff.

A member of TCU's first three NCAA Tournament teams, Davern has helped her alma mater reach the national tournament in three of her four seasons since being promoted to her current coaching role. Overall, the Frogs are one of only 14 teams in the nation to record nine NCAA berths in the last decade, which dates back to Davern's time on the roster. Since her arrival on staff, the Frogs have combined for a 106-56 record (.654 winning percentage).

The Frogs continued their successful string of seasons in 2009-10, as Davern helped the squad earn its first Mountain West Conference championship. The team, which reached the 22-win plateau for the sixth time in program history, posted a 12-4 record in MWC while becoming the only MWC team with at least 11 league wins and a top-3 finish in each of the last five seasons.

In addition to the team's successful 2009-10 performance several Frogs stood out individually, including freshman forward Starr Crawford, who Davern helped guide to one of the top freshman seasons in school history. Crawford, an All-MWC honorable-mention performer, averaged just under a double-double and led TCU with 274 rebounds, a total that ranked fifth in Frog single-season history. Her 9.8-point scoring average was the best for a TCU freshman since former All-American Sandora Irvin's 10.8-point average in 2001-02.

Davern helped the Frogs return to the national tournament in 2008-09 following a one-year hiatus. TCU collected a pair of wins over top-3 ranked teams during non-conference play, climbing into the national rankings with a high position of No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25.

After earning her Bachelor of Business Administration from TCU in August 2002 and her Master of Liberal Arts the following summer, Davern became the women's basketball head coach at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. In her only year with the program, she led the team to the playoffs for the first time in five years and finished as the runner-up for District Coach of the Year honors. She was responsible for all phases of the program, from budgeting and scheduling to coaching and tournament management.

Davern came to TCU in fall 1998 after playing at Duncan High School in Duncan, Okla., and finished her career ranked third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,178 points. She currently ranks seventh on the list. In 2007, her athletic success was recognized with the induction into the Duncan High School Hall of Fame.

She suffered a torn ACL prior to her senior season and redshirted before becoming the fifth 1,000-point scorer in school history Dec. 28, 2002, in a 70-53 upset victory over No. 8 Vanderbilt. She averaged double figures in scoring in each of her first three years and continues to rank No. 2 on the school's career record for free throw percentage (.830, 322-of-388) behind only current Frog Emily Carter (.842, 240-of-285). She also ranks among the top 10 in career games played, games started, 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted, 3-point percentage, free-throws made, free-throws attempted and assists.

Davern accumulated a number of honors as a Frog. She helped the Purple and White earn its first bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2001, the same season she led TCU to its first conference tournament crown. Davern was subsequently named the Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP after tallying 26 points against Hawaii in the title game. She was named TCU's Player of the Year in 2002 and earned the Janice Dziuk Award in 2003.

No stranger to success in the classroom, Davern was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2003 for maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average.

She also snagged a Commissioner's Academic Medal the same year for attaining at least a 3.75 GPA for the academic year. She earned the team's Academic Award in 2003, as well.

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