Submitted by Olympia School District

The Olympia School Board has approved the selection of Steve Davis as Olympia High School’s next head football coach. He is the fourth head coach in the past 50 years of the school’s history.

“It is with great pleasure that we get to announce coach Davis as our next head football coach,” said Olympia High School Athletic Director Mike Anchors. “Steve is a coach who is the right blend of football knowledge, professionalism, integrity and competitiveness, and I am so excited for the future of Olympia Football!”

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Coach Steve Davis has been selected as the next football coach at Olympia High School. Photo credit: John O’Leary.

Coach Davis, an Olympia High School graduate, has been an assistant coach at Olympia for the past 25 years. He worked under longtime head coach Bill Beattie, who was announced earlier this year as the next head coach at Tumwater High School.

Davis has held the title of assistant head coach since 2004 and was primarily in charge of the offensive line, special teams and the running game. Before being named the varsity assistant, Davis was a junior varsity and C team coach for the Bears.  He has also been active in the Olympia Franchise of the Thurston County Youth Football program.

“Words cannot express how excited I am to coach at my alma mater, with all of the tradition and community support,” Davis said.

Davis played for longtime Olympia Football Coach Bob Dunn and was the center on the 1981 and 1982 teams that both placed at state. “This is a dream come true and wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, the players, coaches, administration and Bill Beattie,” he said. “Thank you (Bill) for being such a great mentor and friend.”

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Olympia High School football fans cheer on their team. There is no lack of Bear Pride in this group. Photo credit: Darcy Kauffman.

As a football player, Davis earned All-State honors in 1982 and All Black Hills League honors in 1981 and 1982. After high school, Davis went on to play college football at Walla Walla Community College, earning All Northwest Athletic Conference honors at guard. Davis finished his playing career at University of Wyoming and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts at The Evergreen State College.

Davis, who lives in Olympia with his wife Kristin and three children, will take over a senior-laden Olympia team that finished with a record of 7-3 and lost to Skyview in the district crossover game this past year.

Olympia High School’s football team begins fall practice on August 16, and its first game will be at Emerald Ridge High School on Friday, September 1.

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