Country Day head boys’ and girls’ tennis coach Calvin Davis was recently named High School Coach of the Year by the Professional Tennis Registry. The award was presented to Davis at the PTR’s 2018 International Tennis Symposium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on February 13.
Under his leadership, the Country Day girls’ tennis program has claimed 15 state championships. Davis’ teams dominated in the early 1990s, winning a record eight consecutive state titles from 1990 to 1997 under the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s former individual-based format. More recently, under the current team dual format, the Bucs went on another run of titles, winning four straight from 2013 to 2016.
Davis' boys' tennis program has also been a constant force, winning 16 NCISAA state championships since 1990. The team has advanced to at least the state semifinals each of the past four seasons, including last year, when the Bucs went undefeated en route to the NCISAA Class 3A state championship.
Davis has long been involved in player development in the greater Charlotte tennis community. He runs the Tennis Advancement Program, a junior tennis academy held at Country Day’s Cannon Campus.
Among his many career recognitions, Davis was named by the Charlotte Observer as one of the city’s top ten coaches of all time, across all sports. He is a four-time Observer Tennis Coach of the Year. The High School Coach of the Year designation comes on the heels of Davis being recognized by the PTR as its North Carolina Member of the Year in 2016. He was also inducted into Country Day's Honorary Alumni Association in 2017.
In addition to team success, more than 80 of his student-athletes have gone on to play college tennis, and three have played professionally.
Read what members of the Country Day community have said about Davis:
"Calvin has built a tennis program that is chock-full of state championships, all-state player recognitions, college scholarships, and coaching recognitions. But what’s most impactful and meaningful is the role Calvin plays in developing young men and women of honor, in teaching them how to win with humility, and teaching them to be leaders on and off the court."
Mark Reed, Head of School
"In Charlotte, Calvin Davis is known as the guru of tennis. When I started playing tennis in my later years, Calvin Davis was one of those legends I always heard about and wanted to personally know. When Country Day Tennis is mentioned, his name is the first to come up. Not only is he a phenomenal coach, but he is also an awesome friend and mentor to the children. He is a coach who teaches life skills that lead into adulthood."
Ernestine Staton, assistant girls' varsity tennis coach
"There are very few people in this world who know as much about the game of tennis as Calvin. He takes this knowledge and teaches it to his players in a very practical way. Some may say Calvin’s coaching style is ‘old school,’ as he is a fundamentalist when it comes to the game of tennis. His coaching style is not flashy, and his players are taught to stay focused on the court and let their game speak for itself. He likes to sit down and talk with his teams about real-life experiences, preparing them for life after Country Day and after tennis. Whatever you call it, it works! Calvin is not only my supervisor; he is my mentor and, more importantly, my close friend."
Phillip Goldberg, assistant boys' varsity tennis coach
"I believe that Calvin is most deserving of this award. He has produced so many good players for so many years. He has also instilled ideas in all of us that apply both on and off the court. He has helped turn many of our dreams into a reality."
Luke McClelland ’18