George Davidson

Basketball & Baseball (Inducted: 1977-78)

George  Davidson

George Davidson's contribution to Lafayette athletics came as a player, coach and athletic administrator and spanned most of his adult life. As an undergraduate, Davidson starred on the basketball court and on the baseball diamond.

As a senior, he captained the Leopards and set a single season scoring record (473 points) and a single game scoring mark (34 points), both of which stood for better than five seasons. He ranked 13th in the nation in scoring that season, and was named to the All-Pennsylvania first team for the second straight year and an honorable mention All-America.

George was drafted by the world champion Rochester Royals of the National Basketball Association, but signed instead with the Reading franchise of the Eastern Basketball League and later played with the EBL's Lancaster franchise. After coaching stints at Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School and Germantown Academy, Davidson returned to his alma mater, replacing Butch van Breda Kolff to become the youngest head basketball coach in Lafayette history at the age of 28. During his 12 year tenure, his teams compiled a record of 170-116, making him the winningest coach in Leopard history, with his 1956-57 team racking up a 22-5 mark and gaining the school's first NCAA tournament bid.