ST. DAVIDS, Pa. -- USC Aiken assistant men's basketball coach Nate Davis has been appointed as the head women's basketball coach at NCAA Division III Eastern University. Davis becomes former USCA assistant athletic director for communications and promotions and current Eastern director of athletics Brad Fields' first hire. Davis will begin his duties with Eastern on Aug. 9. "First off, I want to thank coach Vince Alexander, athletic director Randy Warrick, vice chancellor for student life and services Deb Kladivko and chancellor Hallman for allowing me to be a part of USC Aiken for the last five years," said Davis. "I am extremely grateful to have been a part of not only the USC Aiken community, but the community in Aiken overall. The community here has truly embraced our program and for that and many other reasons it was a very tough decision to leave USC Aiken for Eastern. "While it may be a little bittersweet, this is a great opportunity for myself professionally as well as for my family. There is a great deal of potential at Eastern, and I am thankful that Brad has selected me to be the head women's basketball coach. There are still some challenges ahead, but I am looking forward to building Eastern into a quality women's basketball program over the coming years." Alexander also describes Davis' appointment as head women's basketball coach at Eastern as "bittersweet." "Not only am I losing the individual that has been my right-hand man for the last 11 years, I am also losing a close friend," remarked Alexander. "My family and his family are extremely close, and we will miss the Davis family tremendously. I am extremely proud of the opportunity that he has before him, and I know that Nate will do a great job at Eastern." Davis has spent the past five years as an assistant men's basketball coach at USCA under Alexander. During that time, Davis helped the program become a national force. USCA has won a school-record 72 games over the past three seasons - the most in South Carolina among all levels of college basketball. Prior to coming to USCA, Davis served as an assistant under Alexander at Mansfield University for five seasons. Davis' duties on the Mansfield bench included tutoring the Mountaineer guards as well as assisting in camps, clinics, fundraisers and recruiting. An outstanding athlete in high school and college, Davis was a member of the Mansfield football team, where he was a two-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division selection at fullback. He enjoyed a stellar career at Wellsboro High School as a three-sport All-Conference athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. Following his time at Wellsboro, Davis enlisted in the United States Marines, where he served on an anti-terrorist team, before enrolling at Mansfield.