Class of 1982
Davis Hired as New Head Football Coach
DeSales High School is proud to announce the hiring of its new varsity football
head coach, long-time football assistant and DeSales alumnus, Harold Davis '82.
Davis will take the gridiron helm with 10 years of high school coaching
experience, including five years at DeSales, where his duties have included
defensive play calling and coaching defensive backs and punters.
As a senior at DeSales in 1981, Davis helped lead the
Colts to a Class 4A Jefferson County Championship and a berth in the
school's first-ever football state final. He received District, State
and All-Star recognition while on the team. With his presence as a
coach on the 2009 Colts squad that finished the year as Class 2A State
Runner-Up, Davis is the only person to be a part of both state finalist
teams at DeSales.
Davis excelled as a player in college as well, earning
team MVP honors at Kentucky Wesleyan University in 1986. He still holds
school records for interceptions and solo tackles in a game, a season,
and a career. In 1987, Davis graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan
with a degree in Business Administration.
A retired member of the Louisville Fire Department,
Davis served the greater Louisville community as a civil servant for
twenty-two years. During his tenure with the LFD, Harold assumed
leadership roles as Company Commander and Fire Academy Training
Officer, demonstrating his capacity to teach, train and motivate.
"We couldn’t be more pleased than to have Harold on board as our new
head coach," said school President Doug Strothman. "He brings
with him all the tools that are needed to be very successful in this
"Most importantly, he understands that excellence
starts in the classroom, and he is considered by his peers to be an
outstanding mentor and a role model. He has developed strong ties in
the community over the years and has built solid relationships with
players, parents, and alumni."
Of DeSales’ ten KHSAA sanctioned sports, six now have DeSales alumni as
head coaches. Collectively, the school’s coaching staffs include over
twenty alumni. DeSales remains truly blessed and grateful for the
generous commitment of these graduates to their alma mater.
We are very proud to welcome Coach Davis in his new role at DeSales and
look forward to working with him as we collaborate to advance this