GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Patrick Davis was an efficient runner who displayed his ability in the 800 and 1600 meters by competing on the Gulfport High School track team as a seventh grader.
He and his teammates would explode at the 1987 State Meet, and helped the Admirals win the first of 9 boys track and field state titles under Prince Jones.
Davis, one of 12 new members inducted into the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame, says coach Jones was the inspirational factor in getting the most out of his athletes.
Davis said, "If anyone knows coach Jones, if he sees it in your, he definitely is going to get it out. He's one of the best coaches ever.
Coach Jones said, "In the summer, I wold got fishing, wade fishing, every morning and I saw him wide-open coming out of North Gulfport running at 5:30 in the morning. I told them they had to run 20 miles a week on their own. He was dedicated."
Davis would later marry the daughter of coach Jones and they presented Prince with a granddaughter. Davis is now a Bishop in his church.
"He was definitely a role mode and a leader when it came to pushing one forward and getting the best out of individuals. "said Davis.
Davis would sign a track scholarship with Mississippi State,
Coach Jones said, "At the time he came through we had a lot of good athletes and I was able to get them all to run track. It wasn't all my doing, but I always say, wining is 80 percent athlete and 20 percent coaching."
That 20 percent went a long way in leading Patrick Davis and his older brother Tony into the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame. Tony was inducted in the Class of 2016.