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CHS coach is Educator of the Year

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By Calen McKinney

He has spent many years on the sidelines, but that doesn't mean he has been out of the spotlight.

Campbellsville High School boys' basketball coach Tim Davis was recently honored for his service on the court - and in the classroom.

Davis received the Educator of the Year Award at the annual Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce banquet earlier this month.

Local school systems are asked to nominate an educator for the award each year. Chamber investors then vote on the winner.

Others nominated for this year's award were Tammy Snyder of Kentucky Christian School, Susan Kilby from Taylor County Schools and Jeanette Parker of Campbellsville University.

Davis gradated from Meade County High School in 1975. He graduated from then Campbellsville College in 1980 and began teaching history at Hart County High School and served as assistant basketball coach. He also helped with the school's cross-country team.

He later began teaching special education at Marion County High School and became the school's head basketball coach. He was there for 12 years.

His longest education stint, however, has been at Campbellsville High School. Davis has taught special education at CHS and served as head basketball coach for the past 12 years. He said he will soon take over some of former CHS Athletics Director Jim Hardy's duties.

Davis recently coached the Kentucky All Stars in two games against the Indiana All Stars. His team won one of the two games, which broke an eight-game losing streak for the Kentucky team.

"It was quite an honor to be picked to coach," he said.

Davis said he didn't know he had been nominated for the award but knew something was going on when people kept telling him they had voted for him.

"I didn't know what they were talking about," he said. "I wasn't running for office."

Davis said he was shocked and honored to receive the award.

"I feel we have a lot of good teachers at the district," he said. "To be chosen ... that's quite an honor.

"I'm very thankful and humbled."

As a senior in high school, Davis said, he enjoyed playing basketball and knew he wanted to someday coach his own high school basketball team.

His high school coach - who had played basketball at Campbellsville College himself - brought Davis to tour the Campbellsville College campus. He enrolled, and then began to pursue his dream of coaching.

"I really didn't have any other goals," he said.

He says he enjoys seeing his players develop. Davis says he also likes the competitiveness of being a coach.

"I've done it for 28 years, I'm not tired of it yet."

Davis didn't initially plan on teaching special education.

He said he was in his first year of teaching history at Hart County High School when he learned his job was going to be cut. However, he said, his principal told him that if he wanted to go back to school and pursue a degree in special education, he would have a job waiting for him.

"I really didn't want to go back to school," he said. "I was 'forced' in a way, but it was one way to keep my job. That turned out to be a blessing."

Davis says he enjoys working with special education students. He spends his days assisting the students in a regular classroom setting, helping them receive instruction from their other teachers.

Davis spends his time away from the classroom and basketball court on the golf course, landscaping and mowing yards. He says he also enjoys hunting and fishing.

Davis and his wife, Joni, who is special education director for Hardin County schools, have two children, Ben and Jordan.

Ben teaches English at CHS and is an assistant basketball coach beside his father. Jordan is currently working at Wise Denistry and will soon go back to school to pursue another degree. That could mean, Davis said, that the entire Davis family will have careers in the education field.

Davis says having his son help him coach basketball, while having coached his son when he was a student at CHS, is an honor.

Davis says he enjoys coaching and won't consider retirement for at least another four years.

"After that, I don't know," he said.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.