Garber's Jamie Davis: Enid Area Coach of the Month – Presented by Rick's Pharmacy

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By Derrick Smith

There is one thing that every coach, no matter what sport they coach or what level they coach at, have in common. They all have a mentor, someone who they learned from and helped them get where they are today. For Garber head girls basketball coach Jamie Davis, it was no different.

“I was blessed to be an assistant for Jay Wood the first three years of my coaching career,” she said. “Coach Wood really took me under his wing, he took me everywhere he went for coaching.  He got me actively involved in the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association from the beginning. That helped me meet, network and make lifelong coaching friends.”

Davis, who is in her fifteenth year at Garber, is the head coach of the Lady Wolverines basketball team. She is also the head coach of the junior high basketball team and junior high track team. Coaching basketball allows Jamie to be involved with two things she enjoys, basketball and teaching students.

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“Basketball has always been a passion for as long as I can remember,” Davis stated. “Basketball has always been a part of my life, after my college playing career was over, I knew I wanted to teach and share the game of basketball with young people.”

Davis says that over the years, she has seen a few changes in the game but there is one that stands out.

“The development of how many three point shots teams shoot a game is the most prevalent change.  Many teams in today’s game shoot over 20 three point shots a game.”

Watching the players grow on and off the court are what makes coaching even more enjoyable for Davis.

“I enjoy watching the girls over the years grow not only as a basketball player, but as a person. The relationships that you establish with players last a lifetime,” she said. “The best memories are those special connections and moments you have with your team and players.  Often the most special and memorable moments are those that don’t happen in the heat of battle. Those are the memories the players always remember. As far as on the court, playing in the State Tournament (2006, 2007, and 2008), Skeltur Conference Tournament Championships, Skeltur Conference Regular Season Championships are a few memorable moments.”

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