TAMPA – Jeff Davis knows what it is like to win championships. He and his daughter have plenty of experience at collecting trophies.
But Davis – the volleyball coach at The Academy of the Holy Names – hasn’t won one for the Jaguars yet. Holy Names is going after its first state title since 1977 and Davis thinks this could be the year. He is pretty sure his team rivals any in the Tampa Bay area. He’s in his third year at Holy Names after three years at Durant High School. And volleyball runs in the family – his daughter, Kristen Garcia, is head coach at Robinson High School, a position she earned after working as an assistant for her dad at Durant.
Davis practically stumbled into volleyball. He liked to watch the game and played in some rec leagues, but he never had serious aspirations.
“I didn’t have a master plan,” Davis said as he watched his team practice two days after beating rival Berkeley Prep for the first time since 1981, long before any of his current players were born. “I learned a lot along the way and now I am so lucky to be at Holy Names.”
And luck may be in Davis’ future as well. The Jaguars will lose only three seniors this season, so a run at another title next year isn’t out of the question.
“We never set goals or anything,” he said. “We’ve been to the playoffs before. Now it’s a chance to do something better.’’