Citing the benefits to his family and the chance to take over a budding program, former Texas State men’s basketball coach Doug Davalos has altered his career arc to become the girls basketball coach at Westwood High.
Davalos, who was introduced to Westwood parents and players on Wednesday, compiled a 92-107 record in seven seasons at Texas State. The school announced in March that it would not renew his contract after the Bobcats finished 12-22, including a 5-13 mark in Texas State’s lone season in the Western Athletic Conference.
Davalos won’t officially start his new job until August. He also will be a physical education teacher at Westwood.
“My family is one of the main reasons (to take this job),” said Davalos, whose oldest daughter, Daylan, will be a freshman at Westwood in the fall. “I’ve taken over some difficult programs and made them competitive and made them better. It’s nice to take over a good program.”
Davalos, 43, will replace Matthew Butler, who announced in April that he was moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for personal reasons. Butler was 39-60 in three years at Westwood, but the Lady Warriors were 21-13 this past season and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Westwood senior Khiani Clark, an All-Central Texas honoree, will graduate at the end of the month, but Davalos will not inherit an utterly depleted roster. Sarah Afflerbaugh, a junior, was a first-team all-district selection this past season, when sophomore Gillian Mellor and freshman Sophie Taylor earned all-district second-team honors.
“I think he’s going to involve everyone on the team, and I’m excited for him to come,” Afflerbaugh said. “I’m going to work my hardest because it’s my senior year, but I think that he’s going to have a lot of energy, include everyone and lift us up and make us a better program.”
The move undertaken by Davalos, going from the college coaching ranks to the high school ones, is not unique. Cedar Ridge girls coach Angela Beck coached the Nebraska women’s team from 1986-97, and she was the program’s all-time winningest coach until this past season. Connally girls coach Candi Harvey has head coaching stints at Texas A&M and Tulane on her résumé.
But Davalos’ crossover, from an NCAA men’s program to a girls team that competes in District 16-5A, makes his story different.
“I got into coaching because I loved basketball and I want to win. Those two things are met here,” Davalos said. “I’m a basketball coach. I wasn’t born a Division I coach, I wasn’t born a girls coach or a boys coach. I’m a basketball coach and this is a great basketball job.”
Westwood athletic coordinator Anthony Wood said the school received about 50 applications for the vacancy. Wood, who graduated from San Antonio’s MacArthur High a year after his new basketball coach did, said he didn’t believe Davalos would be a short-term hire. Davalos, who said he received inquiries regarding his interest in other jobs, said he did not want to move his children again before they graduated from high school.
“I’ve swam with the sharks,” Davalos said. “I want to swim with the dolphins again. I want to enjoy life and I want to enjoy this time with my kids.”
Davalos and his wife, Kim, have three daughters, including Danielle, a sixth-grader, and Desiree, a third-grader.
“I know his girls are excited about daddy getting to coach them so I don’t think he’s going to disappoint them,” Wood said. “We plan on coach Davalos being here a long time.”
Doug Davalos at Texas State
2012-13;Western Athletic;12-22 (5-13)