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New basketball coach for Petaluma High

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.

New Petaluma High varsity basketball coach Scott Davis is so anxious to get started in his new job as Petaluma High School varsity basketball coach, he has already met with some of his prospective players.

Davis, a Novato resident, was chosen to lead the Trojans after a search that included a review from a committee of community and school leaders.

“He looks like a good fit,” said Petaluma High Athletic Director Kathryn Teeter. “We like what we see.”

Davis has 18 years coaching experience, mostly coaching girls. He comes to Petaluma after coaching the girls team at Branson High School, a private school in Ross in Marin County, last season.

He began his coaching career at Terra Linda High School after playing his high school basketball at the Marin County School. He then moved to College of Marin as an assistant coach.

He was an assistant coach for the women’s team at St. Mary’s College before returning to Marin County to coach the Dominican University women’s team.

In three seasons at Dominican, his teams compiled an overall record of 81-20 and were California Pacific Conference champions. He was named Coach of the Year twice.

Davis moved on to coach the Cal Poly Pomona women’s team. In three seasons, he led the Broncos back to national prominence, taking over a team with eight wins the year before and guiding it to a 22-7 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

He has also coached and been a tournament director in AAU and club basketball. He founded Strictly Hoops for girl players in 2002 and has helped 32 players obtain division 1 scholarships and many other players move on to play college basketball.

Davis said switching to coach boys will not be a problem.

“I’ve coached the guys in football and baseball,” he said. “Basketball is all about working hard. As long as the players do that, I don’t see any change at all.”

Davis said his goal is to develop a program. “You want to give the varsity players a chance to win, but you have to develop a program from the freshmen up,” he said.

While he doesn’t see any difference in coaching boys and girls, Davis does acknowledge coaching the boys at Petaluma High will be something of a new experience.

“In college you’re focused on recruiting and a lot of different things,” he explained. “At Branson we only had a few girls. To walk into a gym and see 20 guys wanting to play gets you excited.”

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