Davis honored for years of service
by Donell Maxie
Jan 13, 2013 | 2327 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carol Davis was all smiles as she was surprised to find out that the gym at D.M. Smith Middle School will now be known as the Carol Davis Gymnasium. Davis is a former teacher and coach at D.M. Smith and East Side High.
Carol Davis was all smiles as she was surprised to find out that the gym at D.M. Smith Middle School will now be known as the Carol Davis Gymnasium. Davis is a former teacher and coach at D.M. Smith and East Side High.
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If you sat down with Carol Davis and held a five-minute conversation with her you would more than likely walk away feeling better then you did before you sat with her.

In fact, the veteran educator and coach is probably the most humble person you will ever meet.

On Thursday night, Davis sat in her typical corner, wearing her signature track suit and watched the D.M. Smith Middle School girls compete in a basketball game.

During halftime while the school recognized the eighth grade athletes who would be moving on to high school next year, there was something brewing that Davis did not have a clue about.

As all the athletes and parents turned toward Davis, D.M. Smith teacher and football coach, Terry Nolden announced to the audience that they were honoring Davis for her years of dedicated service to the school. What she did not know and what happened next was the announcement that the gymnasium where Davis had coached for so many years was now named after her.

"It is just overwhelming to have all this happen to me. I feel blessed to have had the chance to do something I love for so many years. I enjoyed every minute and every second of my time working at this school and helping develop young people," said Davis.

For 34 years, Davis worked for the Cleveland School District as a coach and teacher. The joy she felt during those years is something she will always cherish.

"The look on a child's face when you teach them something and they finally get it is something I will always cherish,” Davis said. “I love watching a child go from that blank slate to growing to be the best they can be.”

For Davis, working on the junior high level is something that she feels is paramount if a coach desires to be great.

"I think that every coach should start coaching on the junior high level. So many times coaches just want to run out and give plays without teaching the fundamentals of the game. No matter what the sport is you have to start with the basics and when coaching in junior you have to do that," Davis said.

Over the years, Davis talked about the great people she had worked with.

"I have been blessed to have great colleagues that have really helped me out. There have been so many people who would watch my class for me when I was taking care of my parents. I had administrators that were so understanding and supportive. I'm just blessed.

Shorlone Crockam-Green, a former player of Davis said, "She was like a second mom to us. She loved us and she showed by how she taught us, supported us and looked after us when we played for her and when we moved on from junior high."

For Green, seeing Davis get honored with the gym being named after her is something she feels is well over due.

"This is a woman we all looked up to and wanted to be like. I think this is great to named this gym, where she has helped so many children, after her is long overdue," said Green.

At the end of the day, Davis’ records of wins and losses coaching girls basketball at Eastwood Junior High, now D.M. Smith Middle School, may never be known, but the impact she has had on young people is something that places her in the hall of fame of all her students' hearts.