Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 26, 2013

Davis resigns as NSHS boy's hoops coach

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

NEW SUMMERFIELD —  After a highly successful five-year run as head boy's basketball coach at New Summerfield High School, Jason Davis has decided to depart Hornetland to take an unspecified coaching position within the Cushing Independent School District, effective at the beginning of the 2013-14 school term.

Davis, who is from Cushing, said his reason for making a change was centered around his family.

“My kids go to Cushing schools and I want to be able to be closer to them,” Davis said late Wednesday afternoon. “For the past two or three years I have gone back and forth on whether it was the right time to leave and to get back closer to my family and this year I decided that it in fact was.”

Davis has coached in the New Summerfield ISD for the past seven seasons, the last five of which as head boy's basketball coach.

Davis led the New Summerfield boys to state playoff appearances in each of his years as head coach, including a regional quarterfinal berth this past season.  

“I don't know if I'm more proud of the first year that we made the playoffs, or this past year when we went farther than probably any New Summerfield team has ever gone,” Davis reflectively stated. “It's a question of getting there or staying there; they're both pretty special to me.”

Davis said that it was also important to him to leave the New Summerfield program in good shape.

“The future looks bright for New Summerfield basketball,” he said. “There are several studs coming back next year, so whoever gets this job will have some talent to work with.”