Davis inducted to AASA Hall of Fame

Published 10:07 pm Thursday, January 12, 2012

Troy softball coach Melanie Davis has been inducted into the Alabama Amateur Softball Association (AASA). Davis will enter the as a member of the Class of 2012 with seven other ambassadors of the game.

“It is a great honor,” said Davis. “The AASA is the biggest organization in our game and a long standing organization so to be recognized by them is an honor.”

Davis enters her 19th season as head coach of the Trojans softball program. During her time, she has amassed 800 victories and has won 31 or more games in 17 of her season at Troy. Davis’ 706 wins at Troy are the most of any coach in school history for any sport.

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Davis is also a member of the West Alabama Softball Hall of Fame and the National Fastpitch Association’s 600-win club. In 2010, Davis was inducted to the Wiregrass Hall of Fame.

“None of these awards would have come if it were not for the blessing of a great administration and great kids,” Davis said.

Davis led the Trojans to a 52-victory season in 1995 and has eight 40-win or more seasons.

From 1993-95, Davis also served as head volleyball coach for the Trojans earning a 70-44 record.

While a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, Davis’ softball teams never finished lower than second in either the regular season or the conference tournament.

With the move the Sun Belt Conference, the Trojans continued their success under Davis. Troy finished runner-up in the 2007 conference tournament and again in 2010.

Davis came to Troy after a three-year stint at Bevill State Community College. Davis served as head coach for the women’s basketball, softball and volleyball teams. The season prior to her arrival, Bevill’s softball team posted an 8-32 record. In Davis’ first season, Bevill improved to 26-13. She was named Alabama Junior College Coach of the Year in each of her three seasons as well as Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 1990-91.

As a member of the AASA, Davis played with one of the top women’s teams appropriately named the Tuscaloosa Tops. In 1981, the Tops won the Alabama ASA Championship where Davis was named Co-MVP.

An induction ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. with Master of Ceremonies and Hall of Fame trustee G. Pat Adkinson presiding.