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Adversity tends to bring out one’s true colors – even with a college basketball program. And when Mick Cronin was forced to sit out most of the 2014-15 campaign for precautionary reason due to a vascular condition known as arterial dissection, fans quickly learned the wherewithal of Cincinnati basketball.
A young team without any returning starters from the previous season, the Bearcats overcame the loss of their head coach, won 23 games and managed to reach the NCAA tournament for a fifth consecutive year. But more importantly, the group’s determination, toughness and togetherness illustrated the winning culture that has grown under Cronin’s leadership
Ever since Cronin was named head coach in March 2006, the Cincinnati native and UC alumus has displayed a steadfast determination to return the Bearcats to national prominence. Facing a rebuilding job that started with a roster featuring only one returning letterman, Cronin’s commitment never wavered. Even while competing within arguably the sport’s toughest league ever organized – the old BIG EAST Conference.
Despite the surroundings, Cincinnati began the retooling process, becoming the only program from a major conference to improve its win total every season from 2007 to 2011, building from 11 wins in 2007 to 26 victories and a return to the NCAA tournament in 2011.
Now a fixture at the Big Dance, Cincinnati can include itself on an elite list of 11 programs appearing in each of the last five NCAA tournaments, along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, San Diego State, VCU and Wisconsin.
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Larry Davis, the dean of the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball staff, has compiled more than a quarter century’s worth of experience in the college coaching ranks, including serving as associate head coach for the Bearcats since 2006.
Davis temporarily served as head coach at Cincinnati for the final 25 games of the 2014-15 season while head coach Mick Cronin was sidelined with a health issue. The Bearcats registered a 16-9 mark under his tutelage, a 23-11 mark at season’s end, a tie for third place in the American Athletic Conference and the school’s fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
For his efforts, Davis was named a finalist for national coach of the year by the Sporting News. He was the first interim coach at the NCAA tournament since Missouri’s Rich Daly and Michigan’s Steve Fisher in 1989. He also became the first non-head coach to lead a team through multiple games of a regular season and into the NCAA tournament since 1961 (Jake McCandless at Princeton).
As the associate head coach at Cincinnati, Davis is tasked with planning recruiting, practice and team preparation, while focusing a great deal of his time mentoring the guards.
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Darren Savino has been an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati since 2010, having joined the Bearcats after a four-year stint at Rutgers.
Savino temporarily served as UC's associate head coach for the final 25 games of the 2014-15 season while head coach Mick Cronin missed practices and games due to health reasons.
A talented recruiter with long ties to the New York metro area, Savino's 20-year college coaching career includes experience at Rutgers (2006-09) and St. John's (1996-98).
Savino joined the UC staff after a four-year stint at Rutgers where he was a key New York and New Jersey recruiter. He was named the Scarlet Knights interim head coach in April 2010 after the resignation of head coach Fred Hill.
Savino played a key role in recruiting McDonald's All-American and fellow Jersey City, New Jersey native Mike Rosario to the Knights in 2008. Before transferring to Florida, Rosario had made a name for himself in the BIG EAST Conference at Rutgers, averaging 16.2 and 16.7 points as a freshman and sophomore, respectively.