Davis opts for assistant athletic director role

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson women's basketball coach Jim Davis
stepped down Saturday to take a position as assistant athletic

Davis, the winningest basketball coach in school history, led
the Lady Tigers to 355 victories and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances
since arriving in 1987. However, they've had two losing seasons the
past three years and finished last in the Atlantic Coast Conference
at 8-20.

"I have been blessed to serve as the women's basketball coach
at Clemson for the last 18 years," Davis said in a statement. "I
have grown to love this university and its people. I have the
utmost respect for Terry Don Phillips and his vision for this
department and I am looking forward to serving Clemson in this new

Davis received a three-year contract extension through 2008
after last season.

"Women's basketball has slid and we must regain and build our
stature -- you deserve the opportunity to do that. However, if you
can't do it, then in fairness to our program, we would need to have
opportunity to have a change of direction," Phillips wrote.