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Lee County A.D.: Give new hoops coaches time to build program

Lee County A.D. Rob Williams said his boys and girls basketball programs --- which are off to a combined 4-10 start --- will get better once first-year coaches Tondra Davis and Kirven Davis have time to work with this year's players.

Lee County A.D. Rob Williams said his boys and girls basketball programs --- which are off to a combined 4-10 start --- will get better once first-year coaches Tondra Davis and Kirven Davis have time to work with this year's players.

LEESBURG — The Lee County High School boys and girls basketball programs are being run by a new husband and wife team.

Kirven Davis was named the boys coach last spring, and his wife, Tondra Davis, got the girls head coaching job this summer after Fran McPherson — who had been Lee County’s most successful girls coach in the past 20 years — decided to step down. McPherson’s departure was preceded by her husband Tim’s dismissal as the boys head coach during the offseason.

So far early in the season, Lee has struggled mightily under the new regime.

“Fran decided to step down from basketball right at the tail-end of the school year,” Lee County athletic director Rob Williams said Tuesday. “We decided on (Tondra Davis) during the summer. It seemed like a good fit. Tondra has been the girls volleyball coach for the last couple of years and was the assistant girls basketball coach. Tondra does a good job with basketball.’’

The results so far, however, have not been what Williams or anyone in Leesburg expected.

Entering Tuesday’s game against Colquitt County — Kirven Davis’ former team that he was fired as the coach of two years ago after a 31-92 record in five seasons, including 1-19 his final year and 7-36 in his final two — Lee’s boys were 2-4 and had lost four of five after opening the season with a win against a one-win Webster County team. The girls, meanwhile, were also 2-4 entering Tuesday and were coming off a lopsided 39-point loss against Pelham, 58-19.

Williams said one of the reasons Lee’s basketball teams have gotten off to a slow start is because they have played just one home game entering Tuesday’s contest against Colquitt. Lee lost both games.

The girls team has had a lot of success in recent years — including a 21-9 record and trip to the state playoffs two years ago — while the boys are coming off a 4-16 season. Williams said he has faith in both Davises that they will still have success this year.

“We just have to give it some time to get his program in place,” Williams said. “We have already seen a lot of progress.”

The girls team had been to the playoffs two of the last three years, and the Lady Trojans hosted a playoff game for the first time in Lee’s history three years ago, then went 15-10 and reached the playoffs last year, as well. They were led by former Herald Super 6er DaQuenna Moore, who has since graduated, leaving this year’s girls team young and somewhat inexperienced.

Williams said losing Fran McPherson was a blow, but he expects the program to rise again just like it has before when there’s been coaching turnover.

“Fran was our most successful coach in recent years,’’ Williams said. “Debbie Bruner had some successful teams back in the late 1980s and early ’90s, but Fran was our most successful coach in recent years. Fran did a very good job for us.”

Attempts to reach Fran McPherson, who is still employed as a teacher at the school, for this story on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Comments

hotdog 1 year, 8 months ago

Say what you want....they are both good people but bad coaches....period. I understand your political correctness coach but I know deep down you wish you would have hired someone else.....

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 8 months ago

“We just have to give it some time to get his program in place,” Williams said. “We have already seen a lot of progress.”

Is he talking about the basketball, football or baseball program?

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LCparent 1 year, 8 months ago

He's talking about basketball, and yes there has been a lot of progress. The girls lost one of the top 5 players in school history to graduation last year (and they weren't very good last year, by the way, which Mike Phillips doesn't add), and they are missing their best shooter right now due to injury. The boys lost their best player in the fall when Josh Cabrera moved to North Carolina. Both teams have also played a tougher schedule than they have before.

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MisterEd 1 year, 8 months ago

LCparent........with all due respect, you don't know poop from pine cones. Yes, the girls did lose a very good player in Q, and yes they have some injuries, but a very large AAAAA school should be able to find more girls that want to play. And if you want to add the "whole" story, then let's just admit that some of the girls that could be helping the team decided not to play this season because they weren't happy with some of the decisions that were made with regards to the program.

Josh Cabrera was great player, but he wasn't the whole program. And a tougher schedule? LOLOLOLOL.........you've got to be kidding. The Davis tandem dropped the teams from the tournaments they were scheduled to play (Valdosta was one) because they wanted to lower the competition level and get some wins. That ain't working out too well, is it? With the exception of Webster, which is an awful team right now, the smaller schools that were added to the schedule are kicking Lee's butt.

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hotdog 1 year, 8 months ago

Didn't they have the summer to work with the players?? ....and they dropped people ff the schedule?? You are what your record says you are....and looking at their records...even before now, they are losers...what makes you drop one coach with a perennial losing record for another?? Either you are not smart or you don't care about the program. Admit it coach...you dropped the ball on those hires

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hotdog 1 year, 8 months ago

coachjohnson42 7 months ago

Lee County picked a good Coach finally. This is big for Lee County...I might even go to see a Lee County game now......GO TROJANS!!

Where you at Coach Johnson?? Have you seen a game....I have, and they look bad.....real bad

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Wasn't cj42 just supporting the pick due to racism?

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LCparent 1 year, 8 months ago

Right - so each team has played three of the "fab five" in the Albany Herald's list so far in six games. Dropped teams? Take a look at the previous schedules, then talk to me about that crap. You're dead wrong.

Look at the boys' record over the past 5 years. It couldn't get any worse, and with losing Cabrera, that was another hit. They are getting better though, due to GOOD COACHING.

Two girls decided not to play - one has done so before, and the other was a part-time player and had made that decision before the change. Come talk to me when you really know what you're talking about instead of trying to spread rumors. Yes, a AAAAA team should be able to find more players, and they are working on that from the middle school up. Again, it will take time. Again, even the girls weren't very good last year, even with Q.

My kid goes to school there, knows some of the players, and I know a few parents of those players. They couldn't be happier with the way things are right now. The wins will come - you can't expect a boys' team with less than 15 wins in the past 5 years COMBINED to run out to a 6-0 record, can you?

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MisterEd 1 year, 8 months ago

Yeah - dropped schedule. They were both scheduled to play again in Valdosta at Christmas, as well as a big tournament in Florida. But take a hard look at the schedule and let me know where those games are now.

How have those games against the "Fab 5" worked out so far?

Did you miss the part in the article about 31-92 lifetime record? By my math, that would be an average of 6-18 each year. Just screams success, don't it? How in the world has anyone with that record no secured a job in the NBA? Please explain how that is soooooo much better than the record of the previous coach.

I have a clue. I have quite a few clues, as a matter of fact.

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LCparent 1 year, 8 months ago

My point was that they are PLAYING TOUGHER TEAMS. I guess you failed to see it - figures. Previous coach? Are you kidding? His record was around 10-70! Just about the only teams we beat were A teams! We beat no one in our classification while he was there! You really don't have a clue there.

At a high school where success has always been tough, and mostly not even there, he deserves a chance, just like she does.

By the way, the boys just beat Seminole. That gives them 3 wins - one less than ALL OF LAST YEAR, and equal or better than the three years before that.

I have more clues, as a matter of fact.

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