The 2018-19 season will be the fifth as Lake Forest College's head coach for Ken Davis, who served as an assistant for the Foresters for the previous seven years.
Under the direction of Davis, the Foresters have qualified for the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament each of the last three years, the longest such streak in program history. The 2017-18 team posted the third-highest single-season victory total in team annals, going 17-9 overall and 13-5 in league play. In addition, Lake Forest's 53 wins in Davis' four years as head coach are tied for the most of any four-year span in school history.
The Foresters have excelled statistically in numerous categories during the last four years. The team has finished among the top 50 out of more than 400 NCAA Division III teams in rebound margin three times and have also appeared among the national leaders in scoring, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, offensive rebounds per game, fewest turnovers, and fewest fouls. Lake Forest has connected on at least 150 three-pointers in each of the last four seasons and set a program record with 220 in 2017-18. Several other performances during Davis' tenure as head coach rank among the best in program history, including the team's school record 17 three-pointers made in game in November of 2014 and the 11 knocked down by Eric Porter alone twice in the last three years.
Porter was a Second Team All-MWC selection last season, giving the program an all-conference honoree in each of Davis' four seasons and 14 such awards in his 11 years on staff. Among them are Travis Clark's MWC Player of the Year and All-American performance in 2011-12. The Foresters are 96-78 in MWC play during that span.
Lake Forest has also been successful in the classroom since Davis took over as head coach, earning a program record seven Academic All-MWC honors in 2015 and again in 2017 and 22 in the last four years combined. Forester players have also been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court 13 times during his tenure and Lake Forest has received the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award two of the last three seasons.
Davis came to Lake Forest after six years as the head varsity coach at Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois. Under his direction, Leyden claimed a New Trier High School Thanksgiving Tournament Championship (2004), was an IHSA regional finalist (2005), finished third at the Grant Holiday Tournament (2006), and was were ranked as high as #1 in the area by the Daily Herald. While coaching at Leyden Davis was the co-chairman and host of Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 2000 Spring Clinic. He also coached the sophomore team at Leyden for six years before being named head coach of the varsity squad.
Davis started his high school coaching career at Deerfield High School working with Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame coach Steve Pappas. He helped lead Deerfield to the Wheeling Hardwood Holiday Tournament Championship in 1994 and to an IHSA Class AA Regional title in 1995.
After graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and minor in political science, Davis worked at the Chicago Board of Trade as a financial futures trader. He also received his master of arts degree in teaching from National-Louis University and began an 18-year career in education.
Davis lives in Deerfield with his wife Darlene, daughter Brooke, and sons Ryan and Seth.