Why: The Maroons captured their fourth consecutive sectional championship, edging Centennial 24-23 while advancing entries to championship matches in both singles and doubles, earning Davis the repeat choice as the area’s top coach.
Coach’s take: “The team came into the season having to replace the No. 2 and No. 3 players from last year. Our younger player stepped up and we had a good season. The team won the Decatur Doubles Tournament in April, finished third at both the Springfield Invitational and the Big 12 tournaments, and won a hard-fought sectional title that wasn’t determined until the last match. We sent a singles entry (Austin Aten) and a doubles entry (Michael Yoo and Gabe Mitchell) to state, where each entry won three matches. We still have a young team and will have our top five back for next year.”
A few of my favorite things: Roger Federer ... St. Louis Cardinals ... Any car that is paid off ... Prairie Gardens ... "CBS Sunday Morning" ... “Shawshank Redemption” ... Farron’s ... Day camp counselor at Indian Acres ... Would like to visit the Tuscany region in Italy.
Three things on my bucket list: Visit Europe, see a Grand Slam match and read all the books I own
About Coach Davis: “Coach Davis is one of the most relaxed people that I know. He calms us down when we’re frustrated both off and on the court. He creates a good atmosphere in which we (the players) can bond not only as a team on the court but as a team outside of the court. Coach Davis allows us to have fun and truly enjoy the sport of tennis, even when the pressure of high school tennis can be a little bit overwhelming. He is always waiting at the end of your match with a smile, no matter if you lost or won. He encourages us to really love the game of tennis, and work hard at it because we enjoy doing it, not because we are forced to do so. Having a coach like him who is so relaxed and easy-going really helps us get through the mental aspect of the sport, because instead of being frustrated and uncooperative, he focuses on the positive aspects and patiently coaches us about how we can fix some of the problems in our game. He listens to what we have to say, and really takes our opinions into account. He is not only an outstanding coach, but also a great friend and mentor. Coach Davis and I share an unconditional love of food, and we have countless discussions of where we should go to eat at tennis tournaments. Popeye’s is definitely a top contender.” — Central junior Michael Yoo