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W.T. “Bubba” Davis, Jr. photo
W.T. “Bubba” Davis, Jr. photo
W.T. “Bubba” Davis, Jr.
Hometown: West Point, MS
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Coach Bubba Davis was a famed championship football coach and athletic director at West Point and Wayne County. Bubba was born in West Point where he was a 1962 Honorable All Conference, Best Lineman in the 1963 Grenada Lake Bowl, and 1964 All Little Ten Conference tackle. He was coached by MAC HOF and MSHOF member “Bull” Sullivan at East Mississippi CC and coached by MAC HOF member Horace McCool at Delta State. He was a four-year letterman and two-way offensive and defensive tackle who was named Best Defensive Player in Mississippi JUCO All-Star game, served as co-captain at Delta State, and was named to the All-State JUCO team. Coach Davis began his three decade plus coaching career at Marietta, Georgia, where his teams compiled a 29-10 record. Bubba served as assistant line coach and wrestling coach at Forest Park, Georgia in 1973. He returned to West Point where he served as assistant coach and head tennis coach while West Point compiled a record of 47-14. He was named head coach at West Point in 1981 where his teams had only one losing season (his first year) from 1981 to 1992. His Green Wave teams captured 4 state championships in 3 different divisions and claimed 7 district titles while racking up a record of 107-34 during his tenure. His 1982 AA State champion team finished 13-0 along with his 1989 Class 5A championship squad. Under his guidance, West Point won 3 consecutive state titles in 1987, 1988, and 1989. Coach Davis served at Wayne County High as head football coach and athletic director in 1993 and 1994. His 1994 team finished 10-3 and made a playoff appearance, the first winning football season in the history of Wayne County High. He then moved to Walker High in Jasper, Alabama, in 1995. As athletic director, he completely renovated West Point High’s athletic facilities with a band practice field, a baseball field, and a football practice field, enlarged and improved locker rooms and a first class weight room. He oversaw West Point athletics when the team claimed state titles in football, cross country, baseball, and weightlifting. Bubba was instrumental in starting a sports letterman club at West Point and the construction of a new football stadium. He was named Coach of the Year 10 times by the MHSAA, the Jackson Clarion Ledger, the Starkville Daily News, the West Point Daily Times Leader, the MAC, the National High School Athletic Coaches, and the Alabama Sportswriter. He served as an assistant in the 1983 Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic and returned as head coach in the 1989 game. He was named as assistant in the inaugural MS/AL All-Star Football Game in 1987 and returned in 1988 as Mississippi head coach. He was a prominent professional educator and seminar speaker who served as MAC President in 1987-88.