Champaign Central basketball coach Scott Davis is stepping aside, but he'll continue to pursue his passion — teaching.
The lead headline in last Tuesday's sports section read "Going Out a Winner," and indeed that applies to Champaign Central's Scott Davis.
The dean of boys' basketball coaches in the Big 12 Conference, Davis confirmed last week that he is stepping aside after 28 years on the Maroons' staff, the last 21 as head coach.
As boys' basketball coach, Davis' accomplishments put him in the Maroons' record books alongside such coaching legends as Harry Combes and Lee Cabutti. He will retire as the school's second-winningest boys' basketball coach (trailing only Cabutti) with a cumulative 330-234 mark and also with the second-longest tenure in the history of the 105-year-old program.
His teams won seven regional titles and had five 20-win seasons. He guided the Maroons to winning campaigns in 14 of his 21 seasons. Under Davis, the Maroons finished third in the state in 2007-08.
Although he may be best known in the area as Central's basketball coach, Davis says that teaching was always his passion and that he sees himself "as a simple classroom teacher."
Davis says the highlights of his career are not the wins, but the relationships with the players he coached and with other coaches and officials he met.
Fortunately for Central and its students, Davis is resigning only as basketball coach and will remain at the school as a teacher in the history, government and economics department as well as boys' tennis coach. We congratulate him for his coaching achievements and wish him the best for the rest of his teaching career.