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Julian "Doc" Crocker Davis

Distinguished Alumnus

Julian “Doc” Crocker Davis, a native of Orlando, Florida, is a member of the class of 1975. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education.

Doc was a four-year letterman in football from 1971 to 1974. He led our 1973 Runnin’ Bulldogs as the starting quarterback. This was the first winning season in senior college history. That same year, Gardner-Webb earned a trip to the Poultry Bowl.

Doc coached high school football in South Carolina for 35 years, 25 of which were head coaching positions. He started at Chapman High School in Inman, South Carolina. His career then took him to Spartanburg High and finally Ashley Ridge High School in Charleston.

Doc Davis’ teams won a total of 222 games together, including 5 state championships at Spartanburg in 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2001. Three of those state championship teams were nationally-ranked. While at Spartanburg, he had a 37-game winning streak from 1994 to 1996.

Doc has received numerous awards over the years. He was named State Coach of the Year six times: in 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2001. He is a member of the Boone High School Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the South Carolina Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Doc Davis lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his wife, Libba, and step-daughter, Jane Hart.