Girls basketball coach wins county award


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Girls varsity basketball coach Sam Davis was awarded the 2020 Orange County Athletic Directors Association Coach of Character award for his determination throughout his years of coaching.

“It was a great honor and a humbling experience once I was chosen,” Davis said. “I wouldn’t have been given this award if it would not have been for the girls, the assistant coaches and the administration.”

A coach of character utilizes sports to develop athletes and help athletes skills and disciplines. Nominated by assistant athletic director Travis Haynes, Davis was recognized for his coaching both on and off the court. 

​Coach Davis loves his teams and the game of basketball,” Haynes said. “He holds his athletes to high standards of discipline and responsibility.  His calm determined demeanor commands respect from his players and his coaching colleagues.”

In addition to five years of coaching girls basketball at Irvine High, Davis started counseling at Chaparral High School in September of this year. He approaches coaching similarly to counseling students and applies the same method to both. He wants to help the girls on the team achieve their goals as well as be there for them when they need him there.  

“Coach Davis puts a lot of work into basketball,” junior Karla Shimono said. “Not only does he look after each player, but he also constantly strives to make our program the best.” 

Davis’ goals are a reflection of the team’s goals, according to Davis. Despite uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the team is hoping to play in the Pacific Coast League tournaments and win those league games.