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February 23rd, 2010
Academy tabs Davis as football coach

022310davisNew San Marcos Baptist Academy football coach Les Davis, right, talks to his new charges. San Marcos Baptist Academy photo.

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos Baptist Academy (SMBA) has named a new football coach. Les Davis, the San Marcos High School and Texas State graduate and former player, started his new duties last week.

Davis replaced Brian Gaylor, who will leave the Academy at the end of this month for a professional coaching position in Germany. Davis most recently served this year as the football coach and athletic director at New Braunfels Canyon High School.

“I think the hiring of Coach Davis gives us a veteran, proven, winning coach, and with his name recognition here in Central Texas, he will complement an outstanding faculty that has made great strides in attracting local day students to all of our curricular and extra-curricular programs,” said Snuffy Smith, SMBA’s assistant vice president for athletics.

Davis played college football under legendary coaches Bill Miller and Jim Wacker at Texas State (then Southwest Texas State). He grew up in San Marcos and said he decided early in his life that he wanted to remain in this area.

“I’m excited about starting another phase in my life and am just excited about the opportunity to continue coaching kids,” Davis said. “I’m also happy about remaining in this area, which has been my home for so many years.”

Davis had been at Canyon since 2002, serving two years as football defensive coordinator and track and field coordinator before being named athletic director/head football coach in 2004. As head coach, his teams posted a 40-25 record, including a state quarterfinalist in 2005 and a bi-district team in 2007.

Before coaching at Canyon, Davis was football defensive coordinator at Lockhart for 11 years and offensive coordinator for two years. Davis has also coached and served as middle school administrator in the Itasca ISD and was a coach and teacher in both Hillsboro and Menard.

Having coached in Class 4A public high schools for the past 24 years, Davis said the Academy’s smaller, private school setting will be an adjustment.

“It’s definitely a big change,” Davis said. “It will pose a significant learning curve for me. Luckily, I do have the time to digest things this semester and learn about how the TAPPS league works and how things work here at the Academy. I want to spend time getting to know the kids — that’s the most important thing. I want to let them get to know me and want to see what their talents and skills are and where that will lead us as we start working toward a common goal.”

Davis and his wife, Paulette, a teacher in the Comal ISD, have two sons who have followed in their father’s footsteps as teacher-coaches. Their older son, Brandon, is a coach and English teacher at Canyon. Steven, their younger son, will graduate from Texas State in May with plans to coach and teach mathematics. He is completing his student teaching in the Hays CISD.

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