Arizona Women's Basketball

Adia Barnes fills coaching vacancy with Oklahoma State assistant Ashley Davis

Information from Arizona’s media relations department contributed to this report.

Arizona coach Adia Barnes completed her coaching staff with the hiring of Ashley Davis as assistant coach.

Davis has coached at Oklahoma State for the last six seasons. She replaced April Phillips, who rejoined Arizona briefly after a stint with Cal to become part of Texas’ coaching staff.

“I am excited to welcome Ashley Davis to our family,” Barnes said in a release. “Ashley has worked in this business for over a decade and brings a ton of experience on the floor and on the recruiting trail. She is aligned with this program as far as her values, work ethic and integrity, and I love Ashley’s energy, enthusiasm and her desire to want to make Arizona better. Our student-athletes are going to love her and I have no doubt she will represent the program with a championship mentality. I saw what she did at Oklahoma State over the last six years and I know that she is a star in this industry.” 

Ashley Davis

The Cowgirls are coming off a successful season where they made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018. Davis also helped coach Natasha Mack, who was a second-round pick in the WNBA Draft and was also named the WBCA and Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.

“The University of Arizona is a very special place,” Davis said in the statement. “Coach Barnes is the best coach in the country and I am honored to be a part of this program. I am looking forward to building relationships with our student-athletes, alumni, the Arizona Athletic department and the Tucson community. I can’t wait to get started.”

In her six seasons at Oklahoma State, the Cowgirls played in three NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT. She helped coach four All-Americans, five All-Big 12 selections, three WNBA Draft picks and five 1,000-point scorers during her time in Stillwater. Davis also helped recruit and coach Braxtin Miller, who was on the Big 12 All-Freshman team and became an All-American.

Prior to her time at Oklahoma State, Davis coached at North Texas for two seasons and was the associate head coach in the 2014-15 season. She was also an assistant coach for four seasons at Georgetown and helped the Hoyas to 20-win seasons in all four years. During her time with the program, Georgetown made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 berth in 2011, and reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT in 2009.

A native of San Antonio, Davis was a four-year letterwinner at TCU and was twice named an all-conference selection. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2005 and received her master’s in educational administration in 2007.

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