By: Austin Perna
After seven years as the head coach of Texas State’s basketball team, Doug Davalos will be leaving the position in pursuit of a different job.
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Larry Teis, the director of athletics at Texas State, announced that Davalos’ contract would not be renewed for the 2014 season. Teis cites that while Davalos’ years here haven’t been the best showing, he was inheriting a struggling team that only won three games the season before and has made great progress for the program.
During his seven years here, he has never had an outright winning record. The best season they had was the 2010-2011 campaign where they went 16-16 overall, and had a share of the Southland Conference West title.
Teis went on to say, “The decision to not renew his contract was mutual.” He says that while Davalos isn’t ruling out another coaching job, he is more interested in the administration side of athletics and work in the office.
Joel Wright, one of the players Davalos brought over for this last year, was a standout player and really helped the team both offensively and defensively, especially during the WAC tourney where they upset the number two seeded Denver University team. He reflected on what he learned from his head coach here at Texas State.
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Wright seemed to be the player most upset with the news. "I'm kind of upset about that because he got me here and gave me the opportunity to do what I got to do on the court and also off the court," said Wright. "But at the end of the day, this game is a business and sometime you get the bad end of the stick." When asked what he learned under Davalos for the year they were together, he said, "He taught me how to be a man and to stay disciplined in whatever I do."
Reid Koenan, another junior at Texas State, has been playing for Davalos all three of his years playing college basketball, and under Davalos, has really improved his game.
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Maddison Sigler, a fan of the Bobcat basketball team, said she was optimistic about the coaching change. "I think this will be a positive change," she said. "It can only go up from here."
The search for a new coach has already begun, and with time ticking on practice for next season and the team’s new destination in the Sun Belt Conference, it shouldn’t be long till Texas State finds the replacement they’re looking for.