Paul Davis is coming back to Grove and he wants to see all his former players and students.The former Grove football coach will be honored at a reception on Sunday, Sept. 5, at noon at the Grove Middle School library. Following the reception, the Class of 1960 will host an All Class Reunion in the Grove Middle School cafeteria and auditorium at 1 p.m.
Coach Davis came to Grove in 1952, shortly after graduating from Northeastern State University. Davis didn't just coach the football team. He also coached basketball, baseball and track. On the football field, he was the only coach. He didn't have a single assistant. Plus, he had classes to teach. He led the team from 1952 to 1958. He went 9-1 in '53, 9-1 in '56 and 11-3 and led the team to the state finals in 1958.
After that year, he left coaching to work in the construction industry. He later returned to the sidelines at Bixby High School, where he won a pair of conference titles and his track teams were conference champs on three occasions.
He then went to Collinsville, where he coached and was the middle school principal. He retired in 1991. He's a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He currently lives in Springdale, Ark.
His son, Butch, followed his father into coaching. He worked as an assistant at Oklahoma State University and the University of Miami, where he was the head coach. He also worked as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys and became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2001. Butch is now the head football coach at the University of North Carolina.
Davis' daughter, Pam Parkerson, is a councilor at Siloam Springs, Ark.
For more information, please call Kelly Hampton at 786-4881.