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Coach Bob Davis '50 Passes Away


Submitted on March 15, 2021

It is with great sadness that Georgetown College shares with you the news that former GC football, baseball, and basketball coach Bob Davis ’50 passed away on Saturday. Coach Davis left an indelible imprint on the College, which he so loved. Davis-Reid Alumni Gym bears his name, a recognition of the profound impact he had on Georgetown College Athletics.

“Coach Davis is a giant in the sports world, and not only at Georgetown College. It was amazing to sit and listen to some of the stories he would share about his love for basketball, and especially Georgetown basketball,” says Brian Evans, vice president of athletics. “We will miss him, but he will always be in our hearts. Thanks to Coach Davis for setting the standard for Georgetown Athletics.” 

An inaugural member of the Georgetown College Hall of Fame, Coach Davis was also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame. During his outstanding career, he was named vice chair of the U.S. Olympic Basketball Committee and NAIA Coach of the Year; he was honored with a Georgetown College Alumni Achievement Award; and his 415 career basketball victories stood as a school record for 20 years. 

A private service will be held this week for Coach Davis at Georgetown Baptist Church; the service will be live streamed on the church’s Facebook page. In addition, the College and the Davis family will hold a celebration of Coach Davis’ life and legacy on campus in the near future, and we will share those details when they’re available.

Georgetown College offers its deepest condolences to Bob’s beloved wife Joyce (Huddleston) Davis ‘65 and to all the Davis family. We know that Coach Davis’ impact on this Earth and on the College will continue to live on, and the memories he left us with will never subside.


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