Youngstown State alumna and Youngstown native Courtney Davidson completed her second season as an assistant women's basketball coach at YSU in 2018-19.
A WBCA Thirty Under 30 winner, Davidson returned home after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Radford University. She’s actually in her second coaching stint at her alma mater, having served as YSU’s Director of Operations in Barnes’ first season as a Penguin in 2013-14.
In her current role, Davidson is in charge of the development of the Penguins' point guards, while assisting in opponent scouting, recruiting and practice planning.
The Penguins have played in the postseason in each of Davidson’s two seasons as an assistant coach.
Most recently in 2018-19, Youngstown State went 22-10 and earned at-large berth into the Women’s NIT. The Penguins set new program records with 16 home victories and 13 Horizon League wins. YSU advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament for the second straight season, and the Penguins won at least 21 games in the regular season for just the fifth time in program history.
In 2017-18, YSU won nine of its final 11 contests of the regular season to earn a bid to the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The Penguins set a school record for consecutive conference road victories by winning their final six Horizon League road contests of the season. By the end of the season, YSU’s RPI had jumped 113 spots from Jan. 19, which was the second-best improvement in the country over that span.
In Davidson’s season as an assistant coach at Youngstown State, she helped point guard Indiya Benjamin finish her career as one of the top players in program history. Benjamin ended her career as YSU’s all-time leader in assists, games played, games started and minutes. In 2017-18, Benjamin led the Horizon League with 176 assists, and her 5.5 assists were almost a full assist more per game than any other player in the conference. She became just the second player to lead the league in assists in three straight seasons, and she was voted Second-Team All-Horizon League.
Melinda Trimmer showed a huge improvement as a senior point guard in 2018-19. She set a new school record for best assist-to-turnover ratio with a mark of 2.23 during the season. That mark also led the Horizon League, and Trimmer ranked four in the conference with 4.0 assists per game. Trimmer scored 46 more points and had 51 more assists as a senior than she did in her first three seasons combined.
Radford had a historic run during Davidson’s two seasons on the bench. Last season, the Highlanders finished 24-9 and earned the Big South’s automatic bid to the Women’s NIT. Radford won its first regular season conference title in 25 years and was one win shy of tying a program record for most wins in a season. The Highlanders were 18-13 and tied for third in the Big South in 2015-16. The 18 wins were the most by the program in eight years.
Davidson was recognized as one of the top young coaches in the country after her first season at the Division I program in Virginia. In 2016, she was selected as one of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s inaugural Thirty Under 30 class.
Davidson spent the 2014-15 season as the Director of Operations at the College of Charleston.
Davidson is one of the top high school players in the Mahoning Valley in recent memory and served as the varsity head coach at her alma mater, Ursuline, in the two years prior to her first stint at Youngstown State.
Davidson led Ursuline to the Division III district finals her first year as head coach in 2012, and the Irish advanced to the district finals in each of her three seasons as an assistant coach from 2008-11. Ursuline won the district title in both 2010 and 2011 and advanced to the regional final in 2011.
Davidson worked as an event instructor and coach for the Ohio Girls Basketball Report for four straight years.
Outside of basketball, Davidson worked at Eastern Gateway Community College as an academic advisor and educational advisor during the 2012-13 academic year.
Davidson was a three-year letterwinner at Michigan State during a four-year stretch of national prominence for the Spartans. Michigan State was the national runner-up her freshman year, advanced to the Elite Eight her sophomore year and appeared in the Sweet 16 her junior year. The Spartans then advanced to the finals of the WNIT her senior year in 2008. Davidson was the recipient of the Sixth Man of the Year Award as both a sophomore and junior.
As a player at Ursuline, Davidson was ranked as the No. 43 player in the country in 2004 by the All-Star Girls Report. A three-time first-team all-state selection, she finished her career ranking 28th in Ohio history with 2,076 career points.
Davidson graduated in 2008 from Michigan State with a bachelor's degree in organizational communication. She earned her master's in school counseling from Youngstown State in 2011.
2017-Present – Youngstown State Assistant Coach
2015-17 – Radford Assistant Coach
2014-15 – College of Charleston Director of Operations
2013-14 – Youngstown State Director of Operations