Carl Davis Sr. was feisty when he was coaching basketball.
Spending 13 years coaching at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and 12 at Jeannette High School, Davis had a knack for the sport, leading his teams on to national championships.
Davis was eventually inducted into the into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame, the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame, the Tarkio College Hall of Fame and the Norwin High School Hall of Fame.
“He was fiery, feisty,” friend and former boss Herman Sledzik said. “He’d fire up the team. His conduct was good but he was feisty. I mean, he got the crowd going.”
Carl D. Davis Sr. of Greensburg died Tuesday, April 16, 2019. He was 85.
Born in Irwin on Dec. 1, 1933, he was the son of Reginald and Mary Etta Davis.
A graduate of the former Irwin High School, Mr. Davis went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Tarkio College in Tarkio, Mo. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he decided to continue his education at the University of Pittsburgh, while doing graduate work at Penn State University.
Becoming a professor for the health and education department at IUP, Sledzik quickly hired Mr. Davis as the basketball coach after seeing his background through high school.
“When I hired Carl and he came in, we spent a lot of time together,” Sledzik said. “Everything dealing with the program, from budgets to scheduling to everything, I worked very close with Carl.”
At the school, Mr. Davis was in charge of running camps and made friends in the community as a way to raise money to take the team on trips.
He was an active member of the Church of the Brethren of Greensburg and the church’s Koininia Karolers. A former member of the Irwin Male Chorus, Mr. Davis never missed a chance to sing.
“He was a great singer so when you’d go to a party he’d always lead songs … he was always the center of attention,” Sledzik said. “He was just a special kind of a person. Everybody that met him liked Carl.”
Mr. Davis also was also a member of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association, the Alwine Civic Center and Shidle Lodge 601. In his free time he would hunt, fish, camp and spend time with his family and grandchildren.
“You meet Carl Davis once and somehow he impacts your life forever,” said son Eric Davis.
In addition to Eric Davis, he is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Joan Anderson Davis; another son, Carl D. Davis Jr.; a brother, Reginald Davis; and eight grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main Street, Irwin. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to the Church of the Brethren of Greensburg.