by A.C. Hall
In a ceremony prior to Friday’s final football game, White Settlement Independent School District Superintendent Frank Molinar announced that the Brewer Athletic Center was being renamed as the Ben Davis Athletic Center. Molinar was joined on the field by Davis who was flanked by a host of his family members, former players, colleagues, and WSISD school board members. All were there to celebrate Davis’ more than thirty years of serving the WSISD community as a coach, athletic director, administrator, and current school board member.
Davis spent two decades as the Brewer High School football head coach. Spanning from 1975 to 1995, Davis led the team to eight district championships, eight bi-district championships, two regional championships, and one area championship. His overall coaching record leading the Bears was 141 wins and 69 losses.
“His wins on the football field are impressive, but the many young lives that Coach Davis touched and molded as a mentor, a father figure, and an educator can never be translated onto a scoreboard,” Superintendent Molinar said during the ceremony. Davis addressed the crowd during the ceremony, humbly thanking all those who he’s worked with over the years.
“I’d like to thank my family for all the sacrifices they made,” Davis said, singling out his wife especially for her support during his career.
His wife, Melanie; their three children, Jenny, Matt and Holly; and their nine grandchildren: Kennedy, Daria, Briana, Foster, Sullivan, Jackson, Grant, Julia and Landon, were among the family members in attendance.
During conversations with the many former colleagues and players who were on hand to honor Davis, the same themes were brought up again and again. Davis was referred to as a father figure and an inspiration, with one former player saying that Davis inspired an entire generation of Brewer Bears.
One former player of Davis’ is Fernando Molinar. Molinar provides color commentary for the Brewer Bear Network during their live internet radio broadcasts of Brewer sporting events. Fernando recalled one occasion during his time being coached by Davis, saying he remembered being in a rowdy Brewer locker room preparing for a game when Coach Davis walked in.
“When he entered the room it was instantly quiet. You knew he was in charge, that he was leading us, and you knew that if you followed him you could accomplish almost anything,” Fernando said. Fernando continued to reminisce about the leadership of Coach Davis, saying he had a special way of inspiring Brewer athletes to reach for the stars.
“If he told you to run through a brick wall you’d sprint towards it believing you were gonna go right through,” Fernando said.
Coach Davis has received many honors during his long career. He was a seven time District Coach of the year and the 1989 Tarrant County Coach of the Year. He also earned a 1991 Certificate of Merit from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and received the Texas High School Coaches’ Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Coaching Profession. Davis has been a WSISD school board member for seven years and continues to serve in that capacity.