Jordan Davis was short on synonyms to express her emotions Wednesday afternoon. The newly named Lake Dallas girls basketball coach met her team for the first time Tuesday after officially being announced as the new head coach Monday and is eager, to say the least.
“I’m super excited,” Davis said. “When I was talking to the girls [Tuesday] I feel like I said ‘excited’ 100 times, so I guess I need to find a new word. It’s been a long process, but it’s an exciting time for me and hopefully an exciting time for the [players].”
Davis played at Baylor until 2006, when she graduated, and returned to her high school alma mater of Celina in 2007. After a year as an assistant, Davis took over as head coach in 2008 and remained until 2015. She took the program to the Class 3A state final in 2012 and four straight regional tournament appearances.
She spent the last four seasons at Flower Mound Marcus as the head coach before convincing herself to return to her roots at a smaller school.
“I just really liked the feel of it,” Davis said. “I’m a small-town kid. One of the appealing factors of Lake Dallas was that it’s a one-high school town and a community that’s not split. That was fitting for me, and there’s talent at Lake Dallas. All of that was the determining factor in heading over there.”
Davis has plenty of reasons to be enthusiastic about making the move to a program that has reached the postseason in four of the last five seasons. Sophomore Mackenzie Buss and seniors Dorian Norris and Josephine Elliott return along with the majority of the 2018-19 roster. The Lady Falcons went 21-13 overall and 8-4 in District 8-5A.
While success in the regular season has been consistent, the Lady Falcons have not advanced past the bi-district round of the playoffs since 2008.
“I’m passionate, intense and want to make sure we’re doing things the right way,” Davis said. “I’m passionate about the game of basketball and want my team to be hardworking.
“I’m too old to say stoked or pumped or something like that, but I am all of those things.”