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McPherson out, Davis in as new Lee County boys basketball coach

Kirven Davis

Kirven Davis

LEESBURG — Last season as an assistant coach at Terrell County, Kirven Davis walked through the Lee County gymnasium and caught a glimpse of the 1985 boys basketball state championship banner.

Davis, who was unanimously approved by the Lee County School Board on Monday to replace Tim McPherson as head coach of the Trojans, will use that state championship to motivate a struggling program.

“If you weren’t from this area, you never would have guessed they won a state title,” he said. “Part of kids doing better is when they can see that something like that is attainable. My hope is to piggy back on the fact that they do have basketball tradition.”

Davis, a 1988 Dougherty grad and a 1993 Albany State grad, coached at Colquitt County from 2005 to 2011 and was an assistant coach last season at Terrell County.

Lee County athletic director Rob Williams said hiring Davis, who was one of 40 applicants and six who were called back for an interview, was a no-brainer.

“We are excited to get him here,” Williams said. “We want to put our basketball program back to where it is relevant along with our other athletic teams.”

The Trojans struggled under McPherson, who finished with a 12-73 record in his four years as head coach. McPherson’s wife, Fran, will remain the head girls basketball coach.

“We appreciate what Tim has done for our program,” Williams said. “It was time to go in a different direction.”

Davis, the older brother of Monroe basketball coach Marquis Davis, was exactly what Lee County was looking for.

“There is no question about his enthusiasm for the game of basketball, his vision and the plan that he has,” Williams said. “The plan is to develop these kids and get them to believe in the program and believe in themselves. He wants to get going this summer and play a lot of games this summer. The other big thing is that he is defensive minded.”

Davis, who played small forward at Dougherty and Albany State, said he has always been defensive minded.

“I owe a lot of that to the coaches I played for and coached under,” he said. “They all stressed defense first.”

At 6-foot-5, Davis is also excited to get out on the court with the team. He plans on meeting with them for the first time as early as today.

“I feel confident that when he walks into the gym and is 6-foot-5 and looks like he can still play, it will grab the kids attention,” Williams said.

At Davis’ final year at Colquitt County, the Packers went 1-19. In his five seasons as coach, Colquitt County never finished above .500 and was 31-92 overall.

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

31-92?? And this is what we want to turn our program around???? Seriously?? I know for a fact there were better candidaties.....Clearly there is not a serious commitment to winning if this is the case....He looks like he can still play? Really? What a joke

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Momof3 2 years, 3 months ago

Congrats Kirven on your new job!!

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 3 months ago

The players could have a better record just playing on their own without a coach !

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 3 months ago

I went back and re-read this article, he averaged 6 wins per year at Colguitt and won only 1 game last year and Rob Williams calls this " a no brainer " ?? Oh, how I could say more about that open door statement but I'm trying to live right. Good Luck team !

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

you let one guy go who was 60 games under .500 for another that is 60 games under .500?? What are we teaching here...that it is okay to suck?? What type of player has one truly developed....No brainer indeed.....I dont care how much you like someone the record speaks for itself....Out of 40 applicants this is what you could come up with? I doubt the baseball program will replace you Coach Williams when you step down with someone with that paltry record....C'mon man....1-19 your last year at Colquitt?? Why was he let go? Did anyone really do there homework?

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 3 months ago

After thinking about this it dawned on me that Williams did'nt make this decision, he's too smart for this, he was told who to hire and he's just doing what he was told to do. Post Script : tell the new coach apparently defense is'nt his thing with his past record, try something different like offense, put some points on the board, thats how you win ! Good Luck players !

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 3 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!!

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dominiquedamac 2 years, 3 months ago

How is he a good coach when he never had a winning season in Colquitt?

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 3 months ago

You have to remember, we are talking Lee County athletics, here. The football team has won, what, 9 games in the last 3 years? All against A and AA teams. And, the AD is the winningest baseball coach in state history...without a state championship. "Success" is a relative term, I suppose.

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dominiquedamac 2 years, 3 months ago

Lee County's football team has won more than 9 games in three years. Hell, they has done better than any high school's football team in Albany.

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

Coach johnson if he was a good coach...31-92 would not be an issue.....

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 3 months ago

He is a good coach.....the place where he coached was not "basketball friendly." They could care less about basketball. The school and whole area were only concerned about football. The football coaches would not allow their best athletes to play football and basketball at the same time and left Coach Davis with the remaining few kids who had average talent. If the kids wanted to play both sports, the football coaches would give them a hard time. He needed his boys on the court and weight room "year round" but the Football Coaches was not having it....so they sucked in basketball....Everyone at Colquitt knows Coach Davis helped 14 kids get scholarships and he had a strong impact on Colquitt County High. He was a positive strong force in the building and some could not handle it. But, If he was in Atlanta or up North where basketball is BIG....Coach Davis would have had a MUCH better record. If Lee County wants a winning basketball program, they need to support Coach Davis and his "basketball practices" and freely allow students to play as many sports as they want without any problems. Smaller schools need to learn how to share athletes within their own school or else they will never be successful.

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

I hope you are right coach.....we shall see...Bill Parcells says 'you are what your record says you are'....lol

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dominiquedamac 2 years, 3 months ago

Stop lying! He can't coach like his brother at Monroe. Players can play any sport they want to at any school. Coach Davis will failed like he did at Colquitt.

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

If you have average talent, you should have an average record...that record is far from average

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MisterEd 2 years, 3 months ago

So Lee County is a "smaller school", Corch? Really? I had no idea that AAAAA schools were considered small.

If your car has a bad set of tires on it, do you replace them with new tires? Or do you just rotate the bad back tires to the front? That's all that Lee County has done in this case. They had some quality folks with much better records and resumes apply for the job. Let's just call it like it is............he got hired because his wife is already employed at the school, and it can never hurt to hire a black male, right?

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 3 months ago

I should have said, "schools in small towns" like Lee County.......SORRY!!! But anyway....Are you saying Kevin Dowling, (principal) only hired him b/c he is married to a staff member? Despite the fact that Coach Davis has been a coach for many years and made huge accomplishments in education, and sports...Thats crazy....Kevin is a good man too!! Why be so negative? Its ok for Lee County to hire a black male.......You might be surprised. Lee County now has a man who knows the game of basketball. Like I said before, if the school supports Coach Davis, they will be successful. If they dont, they wont.... When I say "school," I mean administration, staff, parents, and students....

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

CCHS is a football school....you have to get in where you fit in.....what accomplishments has he made that winning coaches have not.....color is irrelevant....I hope he does well....but no way washe the most qualified....you hire the husband of the asst. coach and fire the husband of the asst.? Fran- watch your back...you can know the game and not be able to coach it...time will tell....

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dominiquedamac 2 years, 3 months ago

Coach Davis never had a winning season at Colquitt. End of story! He can't coach! Color of skin don't matter at all.

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

40 Applicants 6-7 interviews and THE MOST QUALIFIED APPLICANT is one with a record of this?? What was the criteria?? Was there a rubric involved...Admins want teachers to use one when grading assignments and assessments as well as for data collection where is the one for hiring/interviewing teachers/coaches? You can honestly sit here Mr.Dowling and say that after all the applications and interviews, the best you can do is coach with a track record like this.....the politics of education is ridiculous

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 3 months ago

hotdog, just remember we're living in a time where everyone on the team gets a trophy regardless of their ability and team records, this includes coaches too ! For the record, I for one understand what your saying and agree.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 3 months ago

Dowling is smart...he knows best....I think he won an award like "Georgia's Principal of the Year" or something this year. He is ASU grad and he picked a good Coach....deal with it!!! He had to have a good reason for his decision and I think he made a good one. What will your complaint be if Lee County goes to the STATE PLAYOFF in basketball and does well next school year????

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southernliving 2 years, 3 months ago

ASU grad makes him a good coach? Yes you are a woman!

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

4 of 6 teams in the region go to state...u can win 1 game the whole season in the tournament and make state....when u get there-DO SOMETHING...until then a region with Subregion A Hardaway Harris County Northside, Columbus Subregion B Bainbridge Thomas Co. Central Lee County...AIN'T SAYING MUCH

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

You can tell by the statements made by the A.D. that he was not his choice...notice no-brainier was not in quotations....never exactly gave a vote of confidence on the hire

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 3 months ago

It doesnt matter...he will win!!! You just dont like him b/c he is BLACK...get over it....Color does not matter......

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dominiquedamac 2 years, 3 months ago

If color didn't matter, you wouldn't brought up his race...now wouldn't you?

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

C'mon Coach...do you really think that my issues are racial??? Color does not matter like you say but shouldn't your record?? 31-92? I do not know the man and perhaps you do and maybe that is clouding your judgement...what if you had a legal matter...would you want a lawyer who lost every 2 out of 3 of his/her cases? Same point with this....

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hotdog 2 years, 3 months ago

Black blue white or green.....as a person he may be great....I dont care, my question is if you are getting rid of a coach because of his record then common sense tells me the next person is going to be (regardless of color) a person who has a proven track record of developing kids and programs...and bottom line is this-to me 31-92 does not indicate anything near the type of program development as a Principal I would be looking for....I would consider it a terrible business decision...

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Duane_Kelley 2 years, 2 months ago

Congrats Coach Davis even though I wanted the job to, I know that you will do well and turn that program around

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hotdog 2 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps your record was not bad enough...Come back in 2-3 years....I predict it will be open again....I just saw the team at the ASU team camp....lets just say perhaps they will get better once they learn his 'basketball principles' coach referred to....again what a joke

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