Davis leaving Gibbons to coach Calvert Hall


February 08, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Donald Davis wasn't blessed with great speed or size as a running back, but the one thing his former Calvert Hall coach, Lou Eckerl, remembers is that he fumbled only once.

"One thing about Donald was his attention to the fundamentals and detail. He had a passion for the game, No. 1, and he was always inquisitive and enjoyed coming to practice - which you can't say about every player," said Eckerl, 54. "Donald excelled because he worked so hard, and that's why he got the job done."

Eckerl, now Calvert Hall's athletic director, also thinks Davis will get the job done in his new position - as football coach at his alma mater. Davis, 28, will be the first African-American to lead the Calvert Hall football program. He'll replace Jay Robinson.

"Donald's philosophy stuck out, particularly with the hard-working ethic that he brings," said Eckerl, part of a six-member committee that chose Davis.

A 1996 graduate of Calvert Hall, Davis will leave his position as head coach at Cardinal Gibbons in Southwest Baltimore, where he compiled a 30-14 record in four seasons.

A 2000 Johns Hopkins graduate, Davis was hired as an assistant at Cardinal Gibbons in 2001 before replacing Ted O'Connor as coach in 2003. Davis guided last fall's Crusaders to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference North Division title.

Calvert Hall is in the MIAA A Conference, considered one of the state's toughest leagues.

"Top to bottom, the MIAA A Conference is as good as any conference in the state of Maryland," Davis said. "The little bit that I take from being a player in it is that you can't take a day off. Even as a coach in the B Conference, I've paid attention to the level of play and the style it takes to compete in it. ... A lot will be expected of me, and I know what to expect."


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