Jackie Davis steps down as Lee-Davis softball coach

Posted at 2:03 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 15:17:01-04

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. -- Jackie Davis didn't want the 2020 season to have much fanfare but it turned out to be the farthest from the truth.

This was to be Davis' final year as Lee-Davis softball coach but she never got the chance to coach her team for a 21st year after the VHSL's ruling to cancel the Spring Sports season.

"I was a wreck," said Jackie Davis. "I was very upset, very emotional day for I think everyone. I feel really bad for my seniors and for all senior athletes. Even though I'm choosing not to I have the choice to come back, they don't get that choice."

Even though there was no softball season at Lee-Davis this spring, Davis' decision to retire after 20 year remains the same and won't change her status about returning in 2021.

"I'm very close to my goddaughter who is a senior at James River High School," Davis explained. "So I decided that when she graduated from James River, that would be my end date because it seemed perfect. She’s looking to go to school out of state. It would give me the time that I want to be able to go travel and see her and do some things for myself."

Davis won 367 games during her two decade stint at Lee-Davis. She won 13 District and Conference titles, five Regional titles, made three State Finals appearances and won the Group AAA State Title 2011.

A memory that will never go away.

"Of course winning the state title is the biggest accomplishment that we've had," Davis mentioned. "But then I have other teams that I look at and even though they didn't win a state title, for that team, what they were able to do was great."