Mark Downey • Head Coach
Downey joins NSU Athletics as its tenth men's basketball coach in its history and carries a 204-103 overall head coaching record, with four NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances, and has been named Coach of the Year six times.
Downey has a long history of success and coached 35 All-Conference Players, seven Conference Players of the Year, five All-Americans, four Conference Tournament MVPs, four Freshman of the Year, and over 45 former players playing professionally.
In the postseason, Downey is 19-6 in the conference tournaments, and he holds a 17-6 record in overtime games, with two wins against the top-ranked team in the nation.
Nathan Kennedy • Assistant Coach
The 2017-18 season is Kennedy’s first with the RiverHawks men’s basketball program.
Kennedy is no stranger to working for Mark Downey and he started his coaching career in 2010 at The University of Charleston where they made the 2012 NCAA Tournament, finishing No. 17 in the country.
After a brief stint at Southwest Baptist University serving as the Graduate Assistant coach for Jeff Guiot in 2012-13, Kennedy returned to Mark Downey’s staff this time at the University of West Alabama. In only one season at UWA, Downey and Kennedy were able to lead the Tigers to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1982. They also won a school record 14 games in Gulf South Conference and were Co-Champs of the Battle for Atlantis Mainland Classic defeating NCAA Division I opponents Abilene Christian and The Citadel.
Chaun Davis • Graduate Assistant
Chaun Davis is serving in his first season as a graduate assistant with the men's basketball program during the 2016-17 season.
He previously worked at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as an assistant coach for the boy's varsity program. He was also the head coach of the ninth grade team and was a PE instructor. He helped lead Booker T. to the state playoffs in 2016.
He worked at Lifetime Fitness for one year and was the assistant boy's basketball coach at Berryhill Public Schools in 2013-14.