LaVanta Davis Sr. said he was experiencing all the emotions that come with getting a head football coaching job for the first time.
“I’m feeling blessed, I’m excited and a little anxious.” Davis said. “More than anything, I guess I’m excited. I’ll take the weekend to ponder it and then hit the ground running on Monday.”
Davis was hired as Scotlandville’s football coach Friday. The 38-year-old Davis was part of Robert Valdez’s staff at Scotlandville and was set to be the defensive coordinator this fall.
When Valdez was hired as head football coach and athletic director at St. James last month, Davis, a 12-year assistant coach, decided to apply for the Scotlandville job.
“We are excited to have him,” Scotlandville Principal Tiffany Quiett said. “He has been a loyal team member at Scotlandville Magnet High School, and he has done a tremendous job in helping elevate our athletic program.
“Scotlandville is not only getting a great coach, but also a man of integrity with great family values.”
Quiett said Davis was one of 20 applicants. She said five finalists were interviewed.
Class 5A Scotlandville finished 10-2 last fall and advanced to second round of the playoffs.
The Hornets lost to semifinalist Mandeville 42-41 in the second round. Scotlandville’s only other loss was to 5A champion Zachary.
Davis was part of Valdez’s West St. John staff from 2008-15, serving as a special teams and strength and conditioning coach in addition to being a defensive coordinator. He is not a newcomer to Baton Rouge.
After graduating from L.B. Landry in New Orleans, Davis attended Southern and graduated with a degree in elementary and secondary education in 2003. He got his master’s in administration in 2006.
Davis spent two years as an assistant at Istrouma to start his career. He also had a one-year stint at Scotlandville before going to West St. John.
“We were back in Baton Rouge and my wife and I talked about it and decided I should apply for it (Scotlandville job),” Davis said. “I think everything is going in the right direction for the school and the program.
You’ve got great academic programs here with the (engineering) magnet and great athletics.
“It’s a good environment and a place to be.”