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Former Germantown basketball coach hired by Lausanne

Coach Marvis Davis (center) is welcomed as the new Lausanne Boys Basketball Head Coach by Headmaster Stuart McCathie (left) and Athletic Director Kevin Locastro on Oct. 14.
Coach Marvis Davis (center) is welcomed as the new Lausanne Boys Basketball Head Coach by Headmaster Stuart McCathie (left) and Athletic Director Kevin Locastro on Oct. 14.

Coach Marvis Davis (center) is welcomed as the new Lausanne Boys Basketball Head Coach by Headmaster Stuart McCathie (left) and Athletic Director Kevin Locastro on Oct. 14.

Lausanne Collegiate School has hired Marvis Davis as the new head basketball coach.
Davis previously coached at Germantown High School, where he helped lead the Red Devils to 89 wins and a district championship over four years.
Not only is Davis’ expertise on the court a fit for the historied program at Lausanne but his knowledge of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is just as important, according to Headmaster Stuart McCathie.
“It’s very important to have the balance with athletics and academics,” Davis said. “I know the rigor of the IB programme, having coached students in this rigorous academic path before, and what it takes for students to succeed both on and off the court. The academics at Lausanne speak volumes about the school and I look forward to being a part of the process.”
McCathie said he appreciates this mindset about Davis.
“I am delighted that Coach Davis has accepted our offer to join us,” he noted. “Throughout this extensive national search process his working knowledge of the IB Diploma Programme, commitment to rigorous academics first, humility and global mindedness set him apart.”
Davis comes to Lausanne on the heels of his predecessor, Kenneth White, who was at Lausanne for six seasons and left this fall to become the Men’s Basketball Director of Player Development at Campbell University in North Carolina.
During his tenure, White led the Lynx to two regional championships, two district championships, one regional runner-up, five sub-state appearances and the school’s only state championship in 2013.
White was instrumental in sending seven of his players to play college ball, one of those being Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball 2013 and a 2015 NBA lottery draft pick Cameron Payne.
Davis said he knows the history and is ready to enrich the program.
“It’s an exciting challenge to keep the program up to the excellent level that is here,” he said. “I aim to continue the richness of the program that has included Marc (Gasol) and Cameron (Payne) and move it forward.”
The Lynx have four starters returning to the court this season with a deep bench, the majority of which Davis has strong relationships with already through AAU in Memphis.
“I’m excited about our team,” he said. “I have known a lot of them for a while and am ready to work hard with them, I believe it will be a good transition.”
Athletic Director Kevin Locastro said he feels the school has found the right leader for the position, sharing,
“Coach Davis is a man of high integrity and has been successful at every program he has led. He understands the importance of our academic program as it relates to the student athlete,” Locastro said. “His IB background and Masters in Physical Education make him a great fit for Lausanne. Coach Davis knows his role within the Athletic Department and is an unselfish team player.
“We are looking forward to his teams many successes,” he concluded.
Davis is originally from Los Angeles, Calif. and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of LaVerne in LaVerne, Calif. Davis and his wife, Shamira, are the parents of 10-year-old Marcelles and 8-year-old Marvis.

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