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Indians dismiss coach


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 6, 2001

TAMPA -- Winston Davis, who worked the past 24 years at East Bay as a physical education teacher and basketball coach, has been fired.

East Bay principal Sue Croley would not comment on Davis' dismissal and deferred comment to Hillsborough school spokesman Mark Hart.

"(Croley) simply didn't feel that Davis was meeting her expectations for the coaching position," Hart said. "There was no particular incident that led to this decision, and he is eligible to seek a transfer to another school in the district. Or the county may seek to place him in another school in the district.

"There is nothing from (Croley's) position on the issue that should preclude (Davis) from seeking another job in the district."

Davis could not be reached for comment.

Hart said Davis must leave East Bay because Davis' basketball coaching position and the physical education teaching position are linked.

Davis started his playing career at Blake and transferred to Plant in the early 1970s. Davis began his coaching career as East Bay's girls basketball coach from 1980 to 1984. He then switched to the boys team but was fired in 1987 by then principal Vince Thompson, now the principal at Riverview. Davis, who struggled through many losing seasons throughout his coaching career, appealed that 1987 firing and, with assistance from the Classroom Teachers Association, kept his job.

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