Nick Booker Returns to Alma Mater; Named Director of Men’s Basketball Operations
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Former Davidson men’s basketball player Nick Booker, has been named the team’s Director of Operations, as announced Friday by head coach Bob McKillop.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Booker spent the previous six years on the coaching staff at UC Irvine. He was the director of operations in 2010-11, before being promoted to assistant coach the following season.
“What a joy to welcome back Nick Booker to Davidson Basketball,” said McKillop. “Nick has distinguished himself as a superb assistant coach. He has contributed significantly to the growth and success of the UC Irvine program. He comes to us very well versed in all aspects of college coaching. I am very optimistic that Nick will make a significant contribution to Davidson College and our program.”
While on the Anteaters’ bench, they combined to go 118-90 overall, 60-38 in Big West play and advanced to the postseason four times, including the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
This past season, UC Irvine registered a school-record 28 wins and also set new UCI marks for non-conference victories (15) and road wins (13), while advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com (CIT) postseason tournament.
“I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and work for one of the best coaches in the business,” commented Booker. “The Davidson experience as a student-athlete has helped to shape my career as a coach, husband, and father as I have kept the lessons learned through the core values of TCC near and dear to me. I am extremely excited for the opportunity of competing in the Atlantic 10 Conference and helping the program continue it’s legacy as one of the finest in all of college basketball.”
Prior to joining the Anteater staff, Booker served as an assistant coach at powerhouse community college, Saddleback College. Booker was instrumental in helping recruit and develop several All-State players, while the team captured the California Community College State Championship in 2009.
A 2004 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in History, Booker was a three-year starter for the Wildcats and helped lead Davidson to the 2002 Southern Conference crown before advancing to the NCAA Tournament. As a senior, he led the club in blocked shots and steals.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Booker is married to the former Jamila Ewell, who played collegiate soccer at the University of Wyoming. They have three children, Philip, Kaleb, and Ella.