Talawanda names new football, boys basketball coaches

Deondre Bothast-Revalee, shown duringTalawanda’s first game of the season, a 26-6 win over Carroll, scored five times in the Brave’s 56-13 Division 2 playoff win over Belmont Oct. 9, 2020. CONTRIBUTED/BOB RATTERMAN
Deondre Bothast-Revalee, shown duringTalawanda’s first game of the season, a 26-6 win over Carroll, scored five times in the Brave’s 56-13 Division 2 playoff win over Belmont Oct. 9, 2020. CONTRIBUTED/BOB RATTERMAN

OXFORD, Ohio — Talawanda High School named Jay Volker as its head football coach and Scott Davie as its head boys basketball coach on Monday night.

Volker, a 2008 Elder High School graduate, suceeds Larry Cox, who accepted the Franklin head coaching position in February.

Volker had been an assistant coach at Kings the past two years, including the strength and conditioning coach and defensive coordinator in 2020. He’s also coached at Kings, Moeller and La Salle.

Prior to coaching high school football, he was an assistant coach at Georgia State where he coached outside linebackers for two seasons.

“Coach Volker brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to our football program,” the school district said in a statement. “His passion and enthusiasm for the game of football is contagious. We are not only excited for what he will bring to the field, but even more importantly that he will support the growth and development of individuals off the field as well. The district is very excited to bring in a vibrant new coach to the program and we can’t wait for our players to meet him.”

Davie, a Talawanda High School counselor since 2015, succeeds Jake Turner as the boys basketball coach. Turner stepped down in March, according to Talawanda athletic director Wes Cole.

Davie has been a successful coach for the girls golf and softball programs, according to the district.

“Mr. Davie’s philosophy is that students who play multiple sports become better athletes, and that is also a key to success and an expectation in a community the size of Talawanda,” the district said in a statement.

“Mr. Davie holds athletes to a high standard, and makes sure that academics remain an important part of the student-athletes personal goals.”

Davie has nine years of experience coaching boys basketball in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Indiana. Five of those years he was an assistant coach and the other four years were as a head coach.

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