SALTILLO — Less than a month after taking the Lady Lions to the state tournament, Saltillo head girls coach Garry Davison is leaving again.
Not for Austin this time, but to accept a lucrative offer to be the new the head girls basketball coach at Tenaha High School.
“My heart is in Saltillo. It always has been and this is my home town. But the offer was so good, I had to go with my head and take it. It’s a no-brainer,” Davison said. “This is what is best for me and family. I have two kids to put through college and this was too good to pass up.”
Davison, a 1983 Saltillo graduate, said he has listened to offers before from other schools, but always chose to stay at Saltillo, his alma mater.
This time the financial offer from Tenaha was just too much to ignore.
“It hurts to leave, but this is for the best,” Davison said.
Davison has coached all 23 years of his career at Saltillo, the first two at the junior high before taking over the his school girls program.
Davison has a 560-165 record in 716 games at Saltillo. That includes two appearances in state tournament, including the runnerup finish in the Class 1A, Div. II playoffs this year. His teams have won the district title 17 times and advanced to the regional quarterfinals 11 times, appearing at state in 2001 and this year. Davison said, “I never dreamed I would ever coach anywhere else, but the good Lord showed me I wasn’t dreaming big enough. I would like to thank all my former players for making this possible. You will always remain special to me. I would like to mention the two people who were my mentors, Kerry Garmon and Carol Henderson. I hope they know how much they meant to me. My challenge to my girls at Saltillo is to get in the gym and get better and get that state championship you and the community deserve. Sorry I wasn’t good enough to get it done. I would like to thank Mr. (Kevin) Woolley and the board for making this decision as easy as possible for me. I am excited to be going to a school where the kids come first and they expect you to be special and make no mistakes, the Tenaha Lady Tigers are going to be special. I going to a great situation for the kids in that program.”
Saltillo Interim Superintendent Kevin Woolley said, “I have verbal confirmation that Coach Davison is going to Tenaha. He has been a great asset to not only this school, but this entire community for many, many years. We are losing a great coach who is well-deserving of the offer he received from Tenaha. Saltillo will greatly miss his entire family and will certainly follow closely their successes at Tenaha!”
Davison, 48, will officially sign the contract in Tenaha on Monday, said a verbal agreement has been reached.
Davison will be accompanied by his wife, Mistie, and children, Tyler, 15 and Bianca 11.
“Whoever they hire for the head coach in Saltillo is the luckiest person in the world. The talent is coming up, Saltillo will win for years to come. I know these kids and they will be successful.”
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