Personnel changes, both approved and proposed, are looking to change the landscape of high school athletics at Lee-Davis High School.
New L-D Coach
Ryan Turnage was announced Tuesday night as the new head football coach at Lee-Davis. Turnage was most recently an assistant at Woodside High School in Newport News after serving five seasons as the head coach at Jamestown High School in Williamsburg.
Turnage guided Jamestown from 2007-2011, compiling a 26-25 record which included the first-ever playoff berth in the school’s history. Turnage has roots in Hanover, having spent two seasons as an assistant under Pedro Arruza at Randolph-Macon College.
Turnage will attend a meet and greet for prospective Confederate players and parents tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the school auditorium.
Childress moves on
Lee-Davis Activities Director Della Childress is transitioning to a new role in the county after eight years at the helm in Mechanicsville. Childress will serve as a coach for the math departments at Atlee and Hanover High Schools beginning in August.
Childress’ background is in mathematics, which may come as a surprise to those used to seeing her at every sporting event at Lee-Davis.
“I will get to guide and assist both school departments in a position that will help me in the long term as I look to transition at some point into administration,” Childress told the Herald-Progress Tuesday night.
She hesitated about making the change, as the opportunity came to her late this spring, due to other changes going on at the school. But she found peace knowing, in her words, Lee-Davis would be in good hands under new principal Charles Stevens.
“I have loved my eight years at Lee-Davis, and the students and parents I have worked with. I worked with Mr. Stevens during his time here, and I know he will guide the school very well.”
Childress wants the Lee-Davis community to know that the turnover at Principal, Activities Director, and head football coach, for example, were in no way related.
Former principal Carol Moore is now at the Steward School in Western Henrico, while Zac Hayden took another position within the school system allowing his wife to be at home with their three young children.
Childress remains as Activities Director until Aug. 1 to help Lee-Davis prepare for the new school year, so, as she says, her successor can “hit the ground running” when named later by the School Board.