A Lubbock-area native and 1987 ASU graduate, Davis came to ASU determined to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
“Then I found out that they had these Carr Academic Scholarships if you had good grades,” Davis said. “So I applied and got one starting my second semester. My dad helped me pay for my first semester, but I wanted to figure a way to do it on my own. That Carr Academic Scholarship was a big deal to me.”
Playing college football was also a big deal to Davis, who made the team as a walk-on and played three seasons for the Rams. During that time, he also realized he had landed at a pretty good coaching school.
“I started looking into it,” Davis said, “and it’s crazy how many really good Texas high school football coaches graduated from ASU. The Education Department was awesome, too. I knew I was in the right place.”
…really good Texas high school football coaches graduated from ASU.
Now in his 24th year as a head football coach, Davis has posted a 178-88-1 record at five high schools and been named a Texas Coach of the Year eight times in three different regions, including the last four straight All-West Texas Coach of the Year awards as head coach of the San Angelo Central Bobcats.
When he came to San Angelo Central as head coach and athletic coordinator in 2009, Davis was faced with rebuilding a football program that went 0-10 in 2008. Under his guidance, the Bobcats have made the playoffs every year since 2010 and won five straight district championships.
For his outstanding and continuing coaching success and caring guidance of young athletes, the ASU Alumni Association has named Davis its 2018 Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus.
“I’m proud of ASU and I’m really proud to be an ASU graduate,” Davis said. “I came to ASU and just fell in love with the place.”