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St. Joseph’s Academy’s Davis set to enter St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame

By: Warren Mayes

Being inducted into a hall of fame is getting to be old hat for St. Joseph’s Academy’s Karen Davis.

Davis will be going into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame on Friday (Sept. 15). The annual dinner will be held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel. The cost for a ticket is $150.

Last December, Davis became a member American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She became the first Missouri high school to go into that hall.

“That was quite the honor,” Davis said about the induction.

Davis also is in her college hall of fame at Florida International and at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

Others to be inducted along with Davis on Friday are Randy Albrecht, basketball; Chris Carpenter, baseball; Bill McDermott, media; Sandy Pomerantz, basketball; Bill Greenblatt, media; Roy Green, football; Charlie Share, basketball; Jayne Watson, golf; Robert Hyland, media; Pete Weber, bowling; Martin Matthews, Mike Martz, football coach and William Greenblatt, media.

“It’s very exciting,” Davis said about her upcoming induction. “I knew absolutely nothing about it. I was humbled and honored and surprised when I got the ball.

“I’m very excited to be a part of it. Look at some of those big names in that list and then look at which one doesn’t belong.”

Her humble humor aside, Davis takes a back seat to no one on the list.

Davis was a coach for 21 seasons at St. Joseph’s Academy. She ended her career leading the Angels with a 611-138 record.

Her teams won eight state championships and advanced to four state semifinals.

The girls also were good students as well. While Davis was the coach, the team’s collective GPA never dropped below 3.5.

Davis stepped down three years. She is an assistant principal at St. Joseph’s. She had held that job for 16 years.

“I really don’t miss coaching,” Davis said. “I don’t. Katie Richardson is a former player who took over the program and she’s doing a great job.”

Some highlights from her career stand out.

“I remember the first time we went to state. We were a bunch of rag tags,” Davis said. “That was in 1985. We finished fourth. We were second the next year with girls who were very competitive. They really wanted to do well for St. Joe’s.

“Of course, the first state championship in 1990 was special.”

Her days are busy as the assistant principal.

“I like it because no day is ever the same,” Davis said. “I never know what’s going to come across my desk. One of the things I always used as my philosophy is that people are going to make mistakes. It’s when you see the turnaround from learning from their mistakes, and being able to help them make better choices in the futures makes it rewarding.

“That goes hand in hand with being a coach. I’m still coaching as an assistant principal, just that it’s the game of life now.”

Davis keeps in touch with former players.

“I still see them through summer camps as some players come back,” Davis said. “I get email and pictures of their kids. Some, now their kids are playing volleyball. It’s all very good.”

Davis is happy with the latest induction.

“Oh my gosh, it’s extremely nice to be remembered,” Davis said. “You work hard. You try to put the best teams out on the floor. People notice. I tried to work with my players to put the best team out there.

“It was work hard to make sure player are the best they can be.”

She is looking forward to meeting some of the other inductees.

“When you see these people on TV, you’re in awe of them,” Davis said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s going to be fun.”


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