TAMPA — Alvin Davis said Tuesday that he has retired as King High’s football coach after six seasons.
King started the 2013 season with three consecutive wins for the first time since the mid-1980s and finished 6-4. Davis said he officially stepped down on Dec. 20.
“King High has been very, very good to me,” Davis said. “The administration, the parents, the student body have all been great, and it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”
Before taking over at King, Davis spent 16 seasons as the head coach at Gibbs High in St. Petersburg before retiring from teaching. Davis said he has spent 42 years coaching football and felt like it was time for him to step down at King.
“I want to sit back in the stands and be able to enjoy the game from that spot,” Davis said. “I still might do some volunteering, but it’s time for someone else to do the head coaching.”
The Lions went 27-32 under Davis and were 6-4 twice (2010 and ’13), posting the school’s first winning seasons since the team went 8-4 in 2001.
King principal Mike Rowan said Davis has made a mark on the entire school, not just the football program.
“We are really going to miss coach Davis,” Rowan said. “He has done a wonderful job with the program.
“He brought credibility back to the program, the players respect him, he served as really a permanent (substitute teacher) for us, and the whole student body really respected him and he was really able to change the feeling around the school about football. He is really going to be missed.”
Rowan said the job has been posted on the school district site and that the school has already received a number of resumes.