NEW YORK, N.Y. – On Tuesday, April 4, Davidson head coach Bob McKillop was presented with Chaminade High School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at the New York Athletic Club.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is among the highest honors for graduates of Chaminade High School. Its purpose is to recognize and thank the recipients for their support of the Chaminade Family, celebrate the accomplishments of their lives, and encourage the pursuit of excellence for all alumni.
Born in Queens, N.Y., McKillop grew up on Long Island where he played basketball and baseball for Chaminade High School (Class of 1967) in Mineola. After graduating from Hofstra in 1972, he accepted a job teaching history and coaching basketball at Holy Trinity High School where he posted a record of 86-25. Following a year as an assistant coach on Eddie Biedenbach’s staff at Davidson College, McKillop returned to New York as the head coach at Long Island Lutheran. From 1979-89, McKillop compiled a record of 182-51, while winning five New York State Championships. In 1989, McKillop was hired as the head coach at Davidson, where he just completed his 28th season at the helm.
The 2007-08 NABC National Coach of the Year led Davidson to the 2008 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Championship game with victories over Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin. The Wildcats’ unbelievable run ended with a two-point loss to eventual champion Kansas, and Davidson finished the campaign with a final ranking of ninth in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. The Wildcats’ 2016 NIT appearance marked the 15th postseason berth under McKillop — the NCAA Tournament in 1998, 2002, 2006-08, 2012, 2013, 2015 and the NIT in 1994, 1996, 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2016. McKillop-coached teams have won 14 regular season titles (13 SoCon, 1 A-10), seven SoCon tournament crowns, reached the 20-win plateau 14 times, and six have won 25 or more games. The 10-time Conference Coach of the Year has won more games in Davidson and league history than any other coach thanks to an all-time mark of 533-328. Entering the 2016-17 campaign, his victory total ranked 24th on the NCAA’s list of Division I winningest active coaches. McKillop also ranks sixth among active coaches on the NCAA’s list of most seasons with their current school and is one of six on that list who has spent their entire careers at that school.
Fifty-three of his players have gone on to play professionally, including Stephen Curry, the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA draft, who led the Golden State Warriors to the 2015 NBA Championship while earning back-to-back NBA MVP honors.
An inductee into the Hofstra Basketball and NYC Basketball Hall of Fame, McKillop was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers before beginning his coaching career at Holy Trinity.
McKillop and his wife Cathy have three children — Kerrin, a 2002 Davidson graduate, Matt, a member of the 2006 NCAA Tournament team and 2006 graduate, and Brendan, a member of the 2008 Elite Eight team and a 2011 graduate. The McKillop’s have four grandchildren, Maggie, Claire, Jack and Hazel.
About the Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is among the highest honors for graduates of Chaminade High School. Its purpose is to recognize and thank the recipients for their support of the Chaminade Family, celebrate the accomplishments of their lives, and encourage the pursuit of excellence for all of our alumni. The men awarded demonstrate exemplary leadership in business, community, and Christian commitment. In essence, distinguished alumni demonstrate as a reflection of who the Chaminade Man strives to become – a man who does the right thing at the right time because it is the right thing to do, regardless of who is watching.
About Chaminade High School
Chaminade High School is a Catholic school for young men on Long Island. Its 1,700 students follow a rigorous college-preparatory, liberal-arts curriculum in an atmosphere that emphasizes the development of Christian community and education of the heart. Chaminade combines proven methods of tradition with modern educational advances to provide students with a rich, qualitative academic experience. The Chaminade program offers a host of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for practical application and personal understanding. Founded in 1930 by the Society of Mary, the Marianists, Chaminade is staffed by Marianist brothers and priests as well as lay men and women. 100% of Chaminade graduates attend colleges, universities, prep schools, and service academies. For more information, visit www.chaminade-hs.org or www.facebook.com/ChaminadeHighSchool.