The past year has been a roller-coaster ride of sorts for Deidra Davis. She earned her first head-coaching position at Cedar Bluff last summer and guided the Lady Tiger volleyball team to a 21-23 record, which included an appearance in the North Regional at Huntsville.
Davis had recently been promoted to head softball coach after assisting Mandy Walker last spring. The Lady Tiger softball team went 18-24 with a North Regional appearance.
However, around the time of that promotion, Davis received a call from Foley High School about their head softball vacancy. She interviewed for the position and was recently approved to become the Lady Lions' new head coach.
"I'm very excited to be given this opportunity, to be the head coach of a (Class) 7A school," Davis said. "I know it'll be a challenge. I know there will be obstacles here and there, but I look forward to those. I'm ready to embrace those and do the best I can with them."
Davis, who will also assist with volleyball, officially meets with her new softball players and parents on Thursday evening. She said it was "an extremely hard" decision for her to leave Cedar Bluff.
"This was a great opportunity and I felt like this was where I needed to go," Davis said. "The girls at Cedar Bluff have been great. I've enjoyed coaching them. I've enjoyed working with the teachers and the other coaches there. Just in my one year there I saw a lot of improvement in a lot of the girls. They really started to embrace several different things - workouts, conditioning, practices. You could tell the improvement as the year went along, especially in the weight room. We started seeing gains conditioning-wise. If they keep that up, that will transfer into their playing and into winning more games."
Davis is best known for her basketball and softball days at Cherokee County High School. As a forward/guard in basketball, she averaged 10.2 points per game as a junior and 11.8 as a senior at Cherokee County. She was named All-County First Team from 2008-11 and All-Area for three consecutive seasons (2008-10). She was a member of the U.S. Junior Nationals Alabama Team in 2009.
Davis was also a member of the Lady Warrior softball program, where she garnered All-County honors in 2009. She helped the program earn five-straight Cherokee County Tournament and area championships, along with back-to-back Northeast Regional crowns in 2010 and 2011.
Davis went on to Jacksonville State and played one season of basketball (2011-12) before helping in athletic training in football and soccer.
After obtaining her teaching degree, Davis spent a year at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, where she helped coach basketball and softball. She was also an assistant softball coach at Spring Garden for one season.
"For Foley to be giving me this opportunity at a young age (Davis is a month shy of her 24th birthday), that's something I take a little pride in," Davis said. "I'm excited about it and I'm ready to get down there and get to work."
Cedar Bluff has already named a new head volleyball coach in Lyndsey Mullins. Walker will continue to coach the Lady Tiger softball team.