Coach Ed Davis came to St. Petersburg Junior College’s Clearwater Campus in 1964 and served the college for 28 years as its baseball coach. He also taught physical education classes. As a member of the faculty, Ed was instrumental in the major curriculum reform to move students into lifetime wellness and health.
During his time as coach, he produced 692 wins and four major leaguers – Kurt Abbott, Ben Hayes, Howard Johnson and Tim Teufel. But more than producing amazing athletes and winning teams, Coach Davis prepared students for life and molded college students into young men. He had high expectations for student athletes and held them accountable for their actions.
Dr. Law once said Ed “could provide academic details about his players down to what classes each player was taking.” He cared for them and nurtured them and today many of them visit him at his home to thank him for being that needed role model in their lives. He retired in 1996.
Note: Coach Ed Davis died on Jan. 8, 2015. He was 84.