Longhorn Star Returns to Guide Cedar Hill Softball

cedar hill softball player Jennifer Davis
Cedar Hill alum Jennifer Davis has signed on to coach the Longhorn softball team. Photo courtesy of Cedar Hill ISD

New Cedar Hill Softball Coach Is Living Her Dream

As a young girl Jennifer Davis met the love of her life through her brothers.

Well, her sports life.

“I remember always watching my brothers play baseball when I was younger and remember always playing with them in the yard. After my first season in rec ball I knew this was the sport for me,” Davis said.

And now she is getting to live that dream at her alma mater. Davis was recently named the new head coach for the Cedar Hill Longhorns softball team.

“It’s an honor! How many former athletes have the opportunity to come back to the school that gave them the opportunity to play the game they loved and have the opportunity to coach girls with the same passion that you had?” Davis said. “I get goosebumps thinking about it.”

Davis, a 2004 Cedar Hill graduate, was a four-year letter recipient playing shortstop for the Longhorns, leading them to the regional finals her senior season. She received a scholarship and played for the University of Texas-El Paso for four years, with the Miners finishing second in their conference tournament her senior season.

Jennifer Davis was also named to the Cedar Hill Athletic Hall of Fame in April. She is considered one of the best players in school history. Her accolades include being named all-district in each of her four seasons. She was a member of the Dallas Morning News All-Area Team in 2001, 2002 and 2004. Also, named team MVP her freshman and sophomore years.

As a senior, Davis had the highest batting average in District 4-5A (.624). She was named District Offensive Player of the Year.

Cedar Hill Standout

In addition to softball, Davis lettered in volleyball for three years and basketball for two.

Davis returns to coaching after spending the past eight years in the corporate world. She has been a business marketing manager, but is excited also about the opportunity to teach business education.

Her head coaching experience includes Pantego Christian Academy, as well as the well-known select travel team Dallas Tigers.

“I am inheriting a very talented group of young ladies,” she said of her team at Cedar Hill. “”This group has won quite a few games together and also went to the playoffs a few years ago.””

She does not prefer the term “turning around” when speaking of her team.

“I’m not sure if turning the program around is the right term. What I will bring is (NCAA) D-1 softball knowledge and prepare the girls to think and work at the level of a college softball player,” she said. “It’s all I know, and so that’s what I will bring to the girls – discipline, communication, and hard work.”

Optimistic About Spring Season

She understands the challenges COVID-19 will present and is optimistic the spring season will start on time.

“Softball is a sport where you are standing at least 10 feet from your teammate, so this should help a lot with safety for the athletes,” she said. “I am very hopeful that we will be able to start the season on time. These girls did not get to have a season in 2020, so I’m hoping 2021 can happen and these girls can show their hard work in action.

“This is an amazing opportunity that I have been presented with, and I hope that I can come in and show these girls that softball should be fun and rewarding. This is an opportunity to make a huge impact on a group of young ladies forever, and I am going to do my best to make sure it’s a positive one.”

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