After more than 20 years as an educator and coach in the Cumberland County school system, Marty Davis is excited about the opportunity that faces him at the new Stone Memorial High School. He commented, “I’ve always wanted the opportunity to be a head coach and I’m certainly thankful for this. It is a great opportunity and the facilities at Stone are outstanding.”

Davis said that he had already talked with Coach Tony Shultz at CCHS and was fully prepared to assist in the coaching duties there when this new position became available and was offered to him.

Davis is very familiar with the athletic programs in Cumberland County. He moved here when he was in sixth grade and played football at CCHS under Coach Dan Vanwinkle as a fullback and linebacker. He has also spent several years as an assistant coach and last year was coach of the freshman team. That should give him a good deal of insight into what he has to work with in his initial year at the helm. He said, “These are good kids with good attitudes and now we’ve just got to put the puzzle pieces together.” He added, “I’ve already met with the kids and told them that right now trust is the main thing. We must all trust each other.”

Davis said that he currently has six assistants and will be gaining two more. He said, “A big key is having good people around you and I fully trust and I am very comfortable with those I will be working with.” He makes no bones about the fact that he expects to win right away saying, ”We expect to win with the fundamentals, blocking and tackling.”

Coach Davis said that the good-natured kidding had already started among the students at CCHS with the Jets and soon to be Panthers jawing and cat-calling at each other. He thinks this could be a great rivalry down the road and he is looking forward to being a part of it.

He said that Coach Shultz may have a “harder row to hoe” than he will in this initial year as he will be facing the same 5A schedule with a somewhat depleted squad.

Stone will be playing a junior varsity schedule in its first season and the games will take place on Friday nights

Coach Davis’ wife, Storme is also an educator in the Cumberland County system. They have two daughters, Katie, who is currently living in the Chattanooga area and working with Habitat for Humanity, and Jennifer, a student at MTSU, and a son, B. W. (Boo), who is presently touring the country as a stand-up comedian.

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