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Long Beach Swim Coach Woody Davis Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Boys varsity swim coach Woody Davis (right) gratefully accepted recognition as he reached his 50-year anniversary as a boys swim coach, as head coach John Skudin(left) looked on. (Rosemary Leonetti)
Boys varsity swim coach Woody Davis (right) gratefully accepted recognition as he reached his 50-year anniversary as a boys swim coach, as head coach John Skudin(left) looked on. (Rosemary Leonetti)

Written by Rosemary Leonetti/Syntax

The Long Beach High School swim meet Jan. 24 became a cause for special celebration, as the district honored varsity swimming coach Woody Davis, who started his storied career as a swim coach 50 years ago.

At the conclusion of the meet against South Side, Port Washington and Roslyn, the team surprised Coach Davis with a blanket highlighting his 50 years of service. Assistant Coach John Skudin awarded him with a plaque recognizing him for his devoted service to generations of student-athletes. His wife, Ginny, who has been by his side throughout his career, was presented with flowers. The festivities ended with two cakes, aptly shaped to form the number 50.

 “Not every swimmer won in the water, but swimming for Woody made you a winner," said Coach Skudin, who has worked side by side with Coach Davis for many years. 

BECKY January 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM
....a fine man....a wonderful teacher.....learned a few swim strokes with him and mrs.Quinn....a few of the best teachers LBHS had to offer.....swam in that pool everyday....where else can a kid do that for a gym class....I continue with my laps to this day....30 years later !! WOW.....congrats to you Mr. Davis...many more years of swimming.....hugs.... : )
Larry Moskowitz January 30, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Congrats to the Davis family and mostly thanks for all the lessons learned on that pool deck -- even if some did not become obvious until years later. Larry Moskowitz-- co-captain '83.
mike January 30, 2014 at 08:03 PM
I swam for Woody in his first year 1964, my son swam for him, can't believe he's still coaching. I still swim masters here in southern ca. best wishes mike gallow class of 65
Tara Davis Curley January 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts about my Dad, Coach Davis. It is humbling to hear so many amazing tributes to him. I can say first hand each swimmer has also contributed to who my Dad is today and why he has continued to coach all these years. He always says it's because of the kids. So "kids" thank you for all you've given to our family over the years- I too have fond memories of those swim team parties at our house. :)
Michael Mazor March 20, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Wood Davis, "Please sir can I have another" said Matt Costa and wapp on the rump with a kick board. God I miss those days.... I dove for Woody from 83-85.... Great man...... Thanks for the memories.....

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