Sussex Technical High School announces that Chester Davis has been named the school’s new head softball coach. He replaces John Marvel who retired in June after coaching the Lady Ravens to their second State Championship.

“No one can fill John Marvel’s shoes,” acknowledged Davis after receiving the appointment. “But my goal is to keep his program moving ahead and to keep his vision for the team going in the right direction.”

Although Davis has had extensive head coaching experience in basketball, this is his first softball varsity head coaching position. However, he has assisted two of the most notable high school coaches in Sussex County. Davis assisted Laurel’s legendary Margo Morris for three years, and spent another three years assisting Seaford’s Ted Shepherd. He also has over 40 years of experience in the Fast, Slow, and Modified Softball Leagues.

Davis is looking forward to getting out on the diamond next spring. Sussex Tech has a lot of talent returning to the team.


“Pitcher, catcher and first base are the only positions we have to fill,” said the new coach. “Sussex Tech has a promising junior varsity program and the new class of ninth graders has some good selections (of players).”

Davis is no stranger to his players. He joined Sussex Tech in 2011 as the head girls’ basketball coach. After a rebuilding year on the court, the Lady Ravens look forward to beginning a successful season.

Davis retired from teaching after 47 years. He enjoys staying in contact with young people by substitute teaching at various local schools.

“We are very excited to have Chester on board to lead our softball program. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table,” said Nick Pegelow, Sussex Tech’s Athletic Director.