Lake Dallas ISD and Lake Dallas athletic director Scott Head have hired Flower Mound Marcus girls basketball head coach Jordan Davis to replace former Lady Falcon head coach Katherine Madison, who chose to depart the program in late April after one season at the helm.
The hire was confirmed at Monday's Lake Dallas ISD Board of Trustees meeting.
"I'm just excited to meet the girls and to start to build those relationships and start to build that family atmosphere so that, once we get to August, we're ready to rock and roll and really hit the ground running," Davis said.
Davis has been behind the bench at Marcus since the 2015-16 athletics year, when she made the move from Celina. She took over at Celina prior to the 2008-09 season after spending a year as an assistant for the Lady Bobcats, and she took the program to the state championship game in 2012. Beginning with that 2012 run, Celina would reach the regional tournament in four straight seasons.
Davis graduated from Celina herself, going on to play basketball at Baylor University. She was part of the Lady Bears' national championship run in 2005, then served as a co-captain of the team during her final campaign in 2006.
It's that small-town heritage, Davis said, that led her to Lake Dallas.
"I originally saw the first opening. ... At the time, I was like, 'I'm good,'" she said. "When it came up again, I was like, 'Man, this could be a sign, here.' I talked to some people and, a few weeks later, here we are. Celina [is where] I graduated from. That was my home. Coming to Marcus and a big, 6A program with a lot of tradition and history, that was something [I had to] try.
"In being in the two different places, I've kind of come to learn and feel that I'm kind of a small-town kid."
The new Lady Falcon bench boss will inherit a Lake Dallas group that's made the postseason in two consecutive years and in four of the last five seasons, though the program hasn't advanced past the bi-district round since a run to the regional quarterfinals in 2007-08.
The Lady Falcons will return nearly every key contributor from a season ago, when they were bounced in the bi-district round, as 8-5A Newcomer of the Year Mackenzie Buss, juniors Dorian Norris and Josephine Elliott and freshmen Jorja Elliott, Allie Buchanan and Bailey Broughton will all be back, among others.
On her way to meet with her kids for the first time Tuesday, Davis said she'd found herself in a rare position for an educator.
"I feel like I've had all this bottled in for a couple of weeks, now, and I'm just pretty antsy to get over there and see and get it rolling," she said. "I'm excited and fortunate. ... I'm just ready to get to work. I know most people don't wish there were a few more days of school, but I kind of do, right now."
Though Davis enters Lake Dallas with talent on board and immediate expectations, she said replicating the success she had at Celina and leading Lake Dallas on a deep postseason run will be a lengthy and difficult process.
However, she feels her passion, intensity, commitment to accountability and enjoyment of the game will help foster a culture among the Lady Falcons that makes anything possible.
"When you have something to play for — when you have a family and you have a team that you love to play for, the things that you can do [and] the possibilities are endless," she said. "I just want to get the buy-in, trust in the leadership and kind of get it going."
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