Longtime David Lipscomb softball coach to call it a career

Friday, April 20, 2012 at 6:04pm

Veteran David Lipscomb High School softball coach Gary Davis has announced he will step down from his post at the end of the season.

Davis has coached the Lady Mustangs for 26 years, starting with the 1987 season, and has guided his team to three state championships – back-to-back in1993 and1994 and in 1997 – and numerous district and region titles. His 43-5 team in 1997 set a school record for wins.

Davis made the announcement to his team following the Mustangs’ 5-0 district win over Hume-Fogg on Thursday.

“It’s been a great journey,” Davis said when reached Friday. “I’m 65 and, simply put, it’s time. My body just can’t stand up to all the rigors it used to. Last season, I thought initially that would be my last year. I knew I was getting close, but I decided to go one more. I’m stepping down at the same time as is my long-time assistant Jill Knott, who has been a great help to me over the years.

“Lipscomb will be better served to get someone younger.”

There has been no word on his replacement.

Davis racked up well over 600 coaching wins and was one of the longest tenured coaches in Nashville high school sports. He served as teacher and phys ed instructor, grades 1-4, at Burton Elementary, Lipscomb’s feeder school and the home site field of his softball team.

“I’ll stay busy,” he said. “I’ll be doing a lot more things like being a grandfather, spend a little more time around home, do a little fishing, things you do when you retire.”

Besides the three Class AA state titles, his squads also finished as state runners-up in 1992 and 2000.

“I’ve had so many wonderful players and great teams and memories over the years, and I’ll certainly miss that,” he said. “But it was time.”

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