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TEXARKANA, Texas — Dewaski Davis was named Liberty-Eylau's athletic director and head football coach at the L-EISD School Board meeting on Thursday.

Last season, Davis served as assistant football and head basketball coach for the Leopards. Earlier this week he was named the interim AD and head football coach after the departure of Klint King.

"Well, I've had to change my summer plans," Davis said. "I've been trained to do this for so long. I've been a athletic director and head football coach for 15 years. This past season, I sat back and it was fun not being in those shoes.

"I love doing what I'm doing. I have a strong passion for football, so I'm excited for the journey."

Davis previously held both roles at Queen City and Clarksville. He coached at Queen City for 16 years with his last three as head football coach and athletic director, and he held those same positions for all 12 years at Clarksville, three times leading the Blue Tigers to the state quarterfinals.

"We're going to do things right and we're going to play hard," Davis said. "We plan to present a united front with everything and we want to make this community proud. The biggest thing to me is building that bond and togetherness. We're going to restore that feeling of what L-E used to be about. We're going to bring some of that old tradition back."

Last season on the gridiron, the Leopards missed the playoffs and finished the season without a victory.

Davis returns a plethora of talent on both sides of the ball and he expects his staff to have the team ready for the season opener.

"Each day has been better," Davis said. "The first day everyone was in shock and the guys were still trying to process everything. It was a little better on Tuesday. We were impressed on Wednesday. Today, the kids really got after it. We've also been able to get a few more kids out. We've changed how we're going to do things going forward. They've responded well with everything, so we're pleased.

"We're going to try to make the guys better physically and mentally. We also plan to spread everything around too. We want to utilize people's strengths. We always want to make sure we put our kids in positions to be successful on and off the field. At the same time, you have to ride those horses in the stable. You can't save them, you have to utilize them as much as possible."

Davis plans to relinquish his duties as head basketball coach for the Leopards.

"I think I may know the right guy to keep the foundation set from last year for the basketball team," he said.

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