A month after his tenure as New Albany boys basketball coach ended, Sam Davis is making his return to Watterson as its girls coach.

Davis has a career record of 532-335 in 40 seasons, which includes an eight-year stint as the Watterson girls coach from 1978-86.

He takes over for Tom Woodford, who stepped down March 17 after 19 seasons as coach.

“We had a high quality application pool and I’m pleased to welcome coach Davis back to our community,” athletics director Doug Etgen said. “His enthusiasm, knowledge and prior experience and success as a coach and human being is exemplary. We’re very excited for our girls and coach Davis as they begin a new journey.”

In 20 seasons at New Albany, Davis went 275-182 with five league championships and two district titles. New Albany finished 15-8 this past winter, but Davis said he was informed April 14 that his contract would not be renewed.

Davis, who earned his 500th career win with New Albany’s 76-59 victory over Franklin Heights on Feb. 17, 2017, also coached the boys teams at Gahanna (1991-2000) and Hartley (1988-91) and served as an assistant men’s coach at Otterbein (1986-88).

Woodford has won 417 games over a 25-year coaching career that included six seasons at London. He guided Watterson to a 23-3 record each of the past two seasons, including a CCL championship and a Division I district runner-up finish this past winter.