Davis to take over as Viera High athletic director


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Maggie Davis, a 2012 graduate of Viera High School, was named the Hawks' new athletic director on Friday..

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Viera Hawks are putting their athletic program in the hands of one of their own.

Maggie Davis, a former star basketball player for the Hawks who returned to the school to coach and teach last year, has been named the school’s new athletic director.

Viera principal Sarah Robinson said the 25-year-old Davis was simply the “right fit” to become the fourth AD in the school’s history.

“When we got the committee together, we were looking for somebody who would represent our community well, who knows not only what it’s like to be a Viera High School student, but is also a staff member who knows the excellence in athletics and academics that we value,” Robinson said.

“… It was just a natural fit for her to be our athletic director.”

Davis, a 2012 Viera graduate who played collegiately at Valdosta State, spent two years as an assistant athletic director at the school while serving as a graduate assistant and working on her master’s degree in educational leadership.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity that Sarah and the Viera leadership team decided to give me,” Davis said. “I think that utilizing my enthusiasm, my ability to help student-athletes find that contagious feeling, and using a combination of personal character development, academics and athletics (we can) make one united front so that we as Viera High School can be the best overall school in the county, as well as the best athletic program.

“The goal is to marry non-athletes and athletes in the best possible way, which is getting student involvement up as well as making sure our student-athletes are held accountable to participate and go to the events of other parts of the school that aren’t just athletics.

“It has to be a two-way street for that support.”

Davis coached the Viera High girls basketball team last year, but said she will look to hire a new coach for this season so she can fully concentrate on her new role.

She will replace Chris Gallagher, who served as Viera High’s AD for eight years and oversaw a Hawks program that has grown into one of the best in the county. Gallagher, who grew up in Michigan, left Viera to go back to his roots and become the new AD at Croswell-Lexington High School in Croswell, Michigan.

“Chris Gallagher has really made this an easy, seamless take over due to his ability to make the program so great,” Davis said. “I’m just so happy to have adopted such an awesome school.

“I truly bleed green and gold, coming from student-athlete to teacher to coach and now to athletic director. I don’t think there could be any better steps to take to take in order to help the success of the school and the athletic program.”

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