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Coach Profiles

 

RALPH DAVIS

Head Coach, 2nd Season
5th Season with Bronco Basketball

Office Phone: 575-624-8288

E-mail: davisr@nmmi.edu

The 2015-16 season marked the first season as head coach for NMMI alum Ralph Davis and his seventh back on the old post. During Davis’ tenure at the Ipnstitute, the Broncos have enjoyed continuous year-by-year improvement for five of the last six seasons, with 40 players moving on to play at the D1, D2 and NAIA level. Davis has been an integral part of the player development on and off the court and has had a hand in the improvement of all aspects of the program, mentoring four WJCAC first team selections as well as six honorable mention selections.
During the 2014-15 season, as associate head coach, he helped the Broncos to their first Region V tournament appearance since 2002. Through that time they proved to be a formidable opponent, celebrating an 11-1 record at the Cahoon Armory. While working under head coach Sean Schooley, the Broncos adopted a staunch rebounding mentality and finished top five nationally in offensive rebounds per game, top 10 nationally in total rebounds per game and top 20 in rebound margin. They led the conference in all three of those categories.
Prior to NMMI, Davis was the assistant coach under Pete Peterson at Texas A&M – Kingsville for the 2007-09 seasons. At Kingsville, he was tasked with recruiting, opponent scouting and daily operations. During this time, Davis helped develop two Lone Star Conference Defensive Players of the Year. Along with a first team All-Lone Star Conference selection, Davis also coached two second team All-LSC selections and three LSC honorable mention choices. And in the 2008-09 season, the Javelinas returned to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in five seasons, just the fourth time in school history.
As a player, Davis was WJCAC Honorable Mention selection and started all 30 games during his sophomore year with the Broncos. He would move on to Texas A&M – Kingsville and become a member of the first nationally ranked Kingsville basketball team in more than 11 seasons.
The east coast native graduated from Texas A&M – Kingsville in 2007 with a degree in criminology and in 2009 with a master's in sociology. He is an alum of the New Mexico Military Institute with an Associate of Arts degree. He is also the 2003 New Jersey State triple jump champion.

Davis has worked at various camps across the country not limited to the HOOP GROUP Elite Camp and recently the Under Armour All-American Camp.

Ronnie Williford, Jr.

Assistant Coach, 1st Season

Office Phone: 575-624-8276

E-mail: williford@nmmi.edu

Ronnie Williford, Jr. is one of two new assistant coaches for second-year head coach Ralph Davis.

Williford comes to NMMI from Little Rock, Ark., where he was an All-State and All-Conference player for Oak Grove High School.
He played college basketball and earned his associate degree at Ranger College in Texas in 2008, then earned his bachelor’s in history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2011 and a master’s of education in coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where he also work as a graduate assistant with the Ram basketball team in 2013.
He was an assistant coach at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock; at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla.; and at Malvern High School in Malvern, Ark.
Williford has worked as an instructor at the Steve Shields Basketball Camp in Little Rock; Shaka Smart Basketball Camp in Richmond, Va.; the Nike Elite Camp in Little Rock; and Paul Weir Camp on the New Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces.

Richard Grant

Assistant Coach, 1st Season

Cell Phone: 201-681-3910

E-mail: Rich.Grant88@icloud.com

Richard Grant embarks on his first season at New Mexico Military Institute as the assistant basketball coach for the Bronco basketball team. 
Grant comes to NMMI from D1 school Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. This past season, the Seahawks were regular season champions, posting a 23-11 record. They also made it to the elite 32 of the post season NIT. 

In his role as the director of basketball operations, Grant served as the liaison between the coaching staff and student-athletes while coordinating the team’s travel schedule.  He was also in charge of creating detailed scouting reports on the upcoming Seahawks opponents. In addition, he supervised the three undergraduate managers and reviewed student-athletes' academic progress.
He came to Wagner after spending a season coaching at Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J., where he led the Marauders to a 14-14 season and a second round appearance in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Tournament.
Grant, a native of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., graduated from Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, N.J. before spending a year at Maine Central Institute (Pittsfield) in 2007 where he was named to the All-Single A Nepsac honorable mention team. 
From MCI, Grant spent the next three years at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, where the Purple Knights won the conference during the 2008-09 season. 
He concluded his academics at Ramapo College, N.J., where he majored in communications and minored in media arts while appearing in 21 games for the Roadrunners.

Grant has worked numerous basketball camps, which include 5-Star and Hoop Group while training some of the most talented amateur and professional basketball players in the Tri-State area.
Grant’s father, James, is a retired Army veteran while his mother, Dawn, is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach at Spring Valley High School.