School’s second all-time winningest coach departs after 13 years
by Gary Adornato
Donald Davis, who has served as head coach of the Calvert Hall varsity football team for the last 13 seasons, has stepped down from that post, Davis confirmed to VSN on Thursday.
“I miss my kids already,” said Davis, shortly after speaking with his team Thursday evening and informing them of his decision.
Davis said he made the decision without knowing where he is headed next.
“It’s time,” he said when asked why he stepped down. “Nobody is going to understand, but you make tough decisions as a coach. You make tough decisions as an adult. You have to do what you think is best.”
Although he has not yet made up his mind about his next position, Davis did he say he hopes to be coaching and teaching somewhere in the fall.
“I’ve got some opportunities, but I haven’t decided what I am going to do yet,” said Davis. “I have to make up my mind soon, because I am going to need a job. I believe coaching and teaching is what I am meant to do, so that is what I hope to continue doing.”
Davis, a 1996 graduate of Calvert Hall, had a career record of 97-56 (.634 winning percentage) at the Towson private school. His 97 wins are second only in school history to the legendary Augie Miceli, who passed away last summer, at the age of 86, one month after retiring from the school faculty after 60 years.
“It has been one of the great honors of my life to shepherd the Calvert Hall Football program over the last 13 years. I want to express gratitude to the entire Calvert Hall community for supporting our student-athletes every step of the way,” added Davis. “I want to thank our administration for entrusting our students to my care, both in the classroom and on the playing field. I have learned so much from working side by side with such a talented faculty of quality men and women. I thank our faculty for their patience with me. I’m grateful to our office and maintenance staffs for keeping our school beautiful and running smoothly in every area. I wish our students and their families well as they navigate these difficult times.
“To my players, both past and present: I love you. I am humbled by the work, belief, and diversity of talents you’ve brought to Calvert Hall and to my life. I am better for having coached each of you. My family and I will be forever grateful to my coaching staff for their dedication to our players over the past 13 years. Nothing we have accomplished happens without their hard work. While I am leaving the day-to-day of the Calvert Hall community, I will remain a Cardinal for life.”
Davis, who played college football at Johns Hopkins University, also spent four seasons as the coach at now defunct Cardinal Gibbons School, where he went 30-14 (.682), giving him a career high school head coaching record of 127-70 (.645).
More important than his overall wins, Davis made Calvert Hall alums happy by beating arch-rival Loyola Blakefield in the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl battle. Davis’ teams lost their first two meetings with Loyola, but won 10 of the last 11, including the last six, for an overall mark of 10-3 against the Dons.
Calvert Hall defeated Loyola, 33-10, in the 100th Turkey Bowl last Thanksgiving at Johnny Unitas Stadium, in what would be Davis’ final game as Cardinal coach. The Cardinals went 9-3 last season and were ranked No. 6 in the final VSN Top 20 poll.
Davis’ best team was the 2010 squad which went 11-1 and won the MIAA A Conference championship. The Cardinals’ only loss that year was a 21-14 upset loss to Georgetown Prep in Week 8, but they rebounded to win their final four and clinched the title with a 41-13 win over Loyola at M&T Bank Stadium.
The LaSalle Road school finished as the consensus No. 1 squad in the area, and was No. 1 in the final state media Top 25 poll.
Varsity Sports Network, which launched in 2010, named Davis its very first VSN Football Coach of the Year that season. In 2011, Calvert Hall again challenged for the MIAA A crown, going 10-2, including a heart-breaking, 34-32, triple-overtime loss to Gilman School in the league title game at Unitas Stadium.
Among his many talented players, Davis coached future NFL players Pat Boyle ’08 (played for Detroit and Washington), Adrian Amos ’11 (currently playing for Green Bay), Trevor Williams ’12 (currently playing for Philadelphia) and Lawrence Cager ’15 (recently signed with New York Jets as an undrafted free agent).