Davis joins Vols
By DANNY P. SMITH
Coach Bubba Davis is about to have the Golden Triangle covered.
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With a coaching career that includes stops in West Point and Columbus, Davis is about to complete the trifecta when he joins the staff of coach Jeff Terrill at Starkville Academy as a part-time assistant.
Davis lives in Starkville now and said working with the Volunteers will make it easier on him to get to practice and he likes what Terrill has done with the program in a short amount of time.
"Jeff is getting them turned in the right direction," Davis said. "In my last few stops, I've been trying to help turn programs around. I still enjoy it and I'm looking forward to getting over there, get into the weight room, meet the kids and see if I can help them."
Davis retired after spending three years and two seasons as head coach at Columbus High School, but spent last season helping the staff at Immanuel Center for Christian Education in Columbus.
The opportunity to work with headmaster Bob Williford was good for Davis.
"I've really enjoyed my relationship with him," Davis said. "He's a great guy and has some good young coaches on his coaching staff. It was good working with them and they wanted to learn. I hope I was able to teach and help them a little bit."
In the last 41 years, Davis' coaching journey has taken him from Georgia to West Point, Wayne County, Walker High School in Jasper, Ala., Petal, New Albany, Columbus and Immanuel.
Davis went to West Point in 1974 and spent 18 years there as an assistant and head coach.
Terrill and Starkville Academy Athletic Director Glenn Schmidt were excited to get a person with Davis' reputation at the school.
"It's really big and I don't know where you can begin to talk about Bubba Davis," Terrill said. "His reputation is known state wide and I feel certain he's a guy who we'll all ride to Jackson to see inducted into the Mississippi High School Hall of Fame."
Schmidt said the Vols had a position in mind for a part-time role, but wasn't sure if the right person would come along to fill it.
Upon learning that Davis had moved to Starkville and with his work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the area, the two sides came together and decided SA would be a good fit.
"We're real fortunate to get somebody with his experience and expertise in football," Schmidt said. "He's one of the people in my age group and we all started our professional lives together. We kind of grew up together and his reputation speaks for itself. He's a winner.
"We're excited about adding to an already excellent coaching staff."
When Davis decided to continue coaching, Terrill was glad to hear that he'll do it with the Vols.
"I think anyone who knows coach Davis, worked with him or played for him, you don't hear anything but great things from the personal, integrity and coaching standpoint," Terrill said. "We think it brings a legitimacy to the program and the commitment to get better. It will send a great message to the community and the school patrons that certainly Starkville Academy is making a real commitment to the football program."