Bob McKillop

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Bob McKillop
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceAtlantic 10
Biographical details
Born (1950-07-13) July 13, 1950 (age 69)
Queens, New York
Playing career
1967–1968East Carolina
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1978Holy Trinity HS
1978–1979Davidson (assistant)
1979–1989Long Island Lutheran HS
Head coaching record
Overall578–350 (college)
Tournaments3–9 (NCAA Division I)
2–7 (NIT)
2–1 (CBI)
Accomplishments and honors
11 SoCon regular season (1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007–2009, 2012–2014)
7 SoCon Tournament (1998, 2002, 2006–2008, 2012, 2013)
13 SoCon division (1996–1998, 2001–2005, 2007–2009, 2012, 2013)
A-10 regular season (2015)
A-10 Tournament (2018)
Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award (2008)
NABC Coach of the Year (2008)
SoCon Coach of the Year (1994, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013)
A-10 Coach of the Year (2015)

Robert McKillop (born July 13, 1950) is an American college basketball coach who is the head coach of the Davidson Wildcats men's team of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Early basketball career[edit]

Born in Queens, New York, McKillop grew up in Queens and on Long Island and played for Chaminade High School in Mineola. McKillop went on to play college ball for East Carolina University before transferring to Hofstra University. At Hofstra he was named team MVP. After graduating in 1972 with a degree in history, he was briefly signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia 76ers, but was cut.

Coaching career[edit]

He then accepted a job teaching history and coaching basketball back on Long Island at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville. There, McKillop achieved an 86–25 record. In 1978 he became an assistant coach at Davidson for one year before returning to high school ball at Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in Brookville. There, McKillop compiled a record of 182–51, winning five New York State Championships.

Head coach at Davidson[edit]

In 1989, McKillop returned to Davidson as head coach. He is Davidson's all-time leader in wins, years coached, and games coached. His 230 Southern Conference wins are more than any coach in league history. He has been the SoCon Coach of the Year seven times, has won thirteen conference division titles, seven tournament championships, and taken his team to seven NCAA tournaments and four postseason NITs. All this winning hasn't come at any academic sacrifice, as 95 per cent of his Davidson lettermen have graduated. In 2006 the Wildcats won the Southern Conference tournament and went on to face No. 4 seeded Ohio State in the NCAA tournament. 13th seeded Davidson led 29–25 at halftime before falling 70–62. On January 27, 2007, McKillop reached 300 wins with a 79–59 victory over Western Carolina in Belk Arena. On February 26, 2011 he reached 400 wins with a 78–67 victory over UNC Greensboro.

Despite the recent success of the Wildcats, the 2006–07 season promised to be a rebuilding year, as McKillop lost seven seniors, accounting for 76% of scoring. Nevertheless, Davidson finished the year with an overall record of 24–4 and 17–1 in the SoCon. They were ranked 31st in the nation by the ESPN/USA Today poll and #4 among mid-majors. In the months of December, January and February, the Wildcats lost a total of one game. This season saw the arrival of the Wildcats' greatest modern player, future two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

On March 3, 2007, the Wildcats won their second straight Southern Conference Tournament Championship, and third in 5 years. Davidson defeated College of Charleston 72–65, after waltzing past Furman and UT Chattanooga in the earlier rounds. In 2007, McKillop's Wildcats represented the Southern Conference in the NCAA tournament by battling number 4 seed Maryland losing by 12 at Buffalo.

In 2008, after compiling a perfect regular season conference record, the Wildcats ran their record to three straight Southern Conference Tournament Championships, beating Elon in the title game. They entered the NCAA tournament as a 10-seed and took down 7-seed Gonzaga, for their first NCAA Tournament win since 1969. They then won their second-round game against the 2-seed Georgetown to advance to the Sweet 16. Almost a week after beating Georgetown, McKillop and Davidson stunned the world by upsetting the 3 seed and regular season Big Ten champions Wisconsin. This win put Davidson in the Elite Eight for the first time since Lefty Driesell got them there in 1969.

The 2008 season was a testament to McKillop's recruiting prowess, as they were carried by the shooting of Curry, who did not get a second look from most of the bigger programs.

In February 2014, Davidson named the playing surface at Davidson's on-campus arena, John M. Belk Arena, "McKillop Court"—much to McKillop's surprise.[1]


McKillop and his wife, Cathy, have three children. Kerrin is a 2002 graduate of Davidson, while Matt is a 2006 Davidson graduate; he played for his father from 2003 to 2006 and earned four varsity letters. After assisting former Wildcat player and assistant coach Jason Zimmerman at Emory University in Atlanta, Matt has been named as an assistant coach to his father at Davidson College. The youngest McKillop, Brendan, graduated from Davidson in 2011 after a four-year career.

Coaching tree[edit]

Several of McKillop's former assistants and players are currently head coaches or former head coaches at other schools:

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Davidson Wildcats (NCAA Division I independent) (1989–1990)
1989–90 Davidson 4–24
Davidson Wildcats (Big South Conference) (1990–1992)
1990–91 Davidson 10–19 6–8 4th
1991–92 Davidson 11–17 6–8 6th
Davidson Wildcats (Southern Conference) (1992–2014)
1992–93 Davidson 14–14 10–8 5th
1993–94 Davidson 22–8 13–5 T–2nd NIT First Round
1994–95 Davidson 14–13 7–7 3rd (North)
1995–96 Davidson 25–5 14–0 1st (North) NIT First Round
1996–97 Davidson 18–10 10–4 T–1st (North)
1997–98 Davidson 20–10 13–2 T–1st (North) NCAA Division I Round of 64
1998–99 Davidson 16–11 11–5 2nd (North)
1999–00 Davidson 15–13 10–6 2nd (North)
2000–01 Davidson 15–17 7–9 T–3rd (North)
2001–02 Davidson 21–10 11–5 T–1st (North) NCAA Division I Round of 64
2002–03 Davidson 17–10 11–5 T–1st (North)
2003–04 Davidson 17–12 11–5 T–1st (South)
2004–05 Davidson 23–9 16–0 1st (South) NIT Second Round
2005–06 Davidson 20–11 10–5 2nd (South) NCAA Division I Round of 64
2006–07 Davidson 29–5 17–1 1st (South) NCAA Division I Round of 64
2007–08 Davidson 29–7 20–0 1st (South) NCAA Division I Elite Eight
2008–09 Davidson 27–8 18–2 1st (South) NIT Second Round
2009–10 Davidson 16–15 11–7 3rd (South)
2010–11 Davidson 18–15 10–8 4th (South) CBI Quarterfinal
2011–12 Davidson 25–8 16–2 1st (South) NCAA Division I Round of 64
2012–13 Davidson 26–8 17–1 1st (South) NCAA Division I Round of 64
2013–14 Davidson 20–13 15–1 1st NIT First Round
Davidson Wildcats (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2014–present)
2014–15 Davidson 24–8 14–4 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2015–16 Davidson 20–13 10–8 6th NIT First Round
2016–17 Davidson 17–15 8–10 9th
2017–18 Davidson 21–12 13–5 3rd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2018–19 Davidson 24–10 14–4 2nd NIT First Round
Davidson: 578–350 (.623) 349–135 (.721)
Total: 578–350 (.623)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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