Wendee Saintsing is beginning her 24th season as the women's basketball coach at Barton, where she has compiled more wins than any other hoops coach in school history. She is 397-236 overall (.627).
The Lady Bulldogs are coming off winning a fourth consecutive Conference Carolinas regular season title by claiming the Eastern Division crown in 2012-13 with a 14-3 record in league play. Barton earned its fifth trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament with a 21-win season that included a victory against a top-10 ranked team (Lander University on Nov. 19).
Coach Saintsing led the Lady Bulldogs to a banner season in 2010-11, winning a program-best 26 games. Barton finished 26-5 overall and 18-2 in the conference. Barton claimed its third straight Conference Carolinas regular season title and first Conference Carolinas Tournament crown in the programs NCAA Divsion II era. The Lady Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA Tournament and lost to the eventual national champions in the second round.
Saintsing was selected the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year for the second straight season in 2010-11.
Saintsing has taken five of her last nine teams to the NCAA D-II Tournament (2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012). In the last nine years, her teams have gone 24-6, 15-12, 23-8, 21-8, 19-8 and 22-6, 22-6, 26-5, 21-9 for a 193-68 record (.739). Twenty-one of her 23 Bulldog teams have had winning records.
As of the last NCAA women's basketball record book published before the 2011-12 season, Saintsing ranked 27th among active DII coaches in victories and is 45th in win percentage. She has coached five All-Americans (Karen Edmonds, Michelle McClure, Shemkia Reid, Keauna Vinson and Esty Flores), 19 All-Region players, 43 all-conference selections, eight Conference Players of the Year and three Freshman of the Year.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from High Point University, where she was a dual athlete in volleyball and basketball, and served as assistant coach in both sports her senior year. Both sports competed at the national level with basketball bringing home the national title. She earned her master's degree from Appalachian State University where she was a graduate assistant in volleyball, basketball, and softball.
Antonio O. Davis begins his first year with the Barton women's basketball program after being hired in the fall of 2012.
Davis has more than 20 years of coaching experience and comes to Wilson after spending three years as associate head coach at NCAA Division I North Carolina Central University. He is a disciplinarian and a master tactician as is known for his emphasis on defense and player development.
Prior to NCCU, Davis spent two seasons as assistant coach at South Carolina State University and six years as head women's basketball coach at Saint Augustine's College.
Davis took a short break from coaching before heading to Saint Augustine's. Davis was a teacher and athletic director at North Rowan Middle School from 2000-01. Before becoming an educator, Davis was an assistant to the athletic director at Kentucky State from 1998-99.
Before becoming an athletic director and teacher at North Rowan,
Davis had successful careers as head coach at Kentucky State from
1993-98 and Livingstone College from 1988-91. During his tenure at
Kentucky State, the Thorobrettes became one of the best teams in
the country, earning their first NCAA Tournament appearance,
claiming consecutive 20-win seasons and earning a national
The Thorobrettes claimed a tournament championship, grabbed three-straight division titles and won a season-best 26 games under the direction of Davis. He became the first coach in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) history to win conference championships in both basketball and volleyball.
In between his successful campaigns at Kentucky State and Livingstone, Davis served as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Livingstone for the 1992-93 season. He also served as the head coach of the women's team at Morristown College in Tennessee from 1987-88.
Davis made a name for himself on the hardwood at Livingstone College, where he became one of the best players in CIAA history. Davis, an outstanding shooting guard, averaged 35 points per game, which ranked him first in the nation in scoring. He also led the nation in free throw shooting twice during his collegiate career. In 1982, he was selected to the All-CIAA team and received All-American honorst that same year.
Shooting 94 percent from the stripe during his career with the Blue Bears, he earned one of the highest percentages in college basketball history. He is Livingstone's leading scorer, having scored more than 1,800 points in his career.
His outstanding performance on the basketball court during the 1980s earned him a spot in the Livingstone College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted in the summer of 2005.
Davis earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1987 and later went on to North Carolina A&T State University, where he earned a master of science degree in history in 1991.
He is married to Nichelle B. Davis.