The Wife Behind the Scenes: Sharon Davenport

The Wife Behind the Scenes: Sharon Davenport

(Cover photo: Sharon Davenport, left, alongside husband and head coach for Bellarmine University’s men’s basketball team Scott Davenport)

Every now and then, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights the wife of a local coach. Today’s profile is on Sharon Davenport, wife of Bellarmine University men’s basketball head coach Scott Davenport. If there is a coach’s wife you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to ashli@louisvillewomensports.com.

Name: Sharon Davenport

Sport: Men’s college basketball

Background: Born in Cincinnati, moved to Louisville at nine years old. Two sisters and a brother. Attended the University of Kentucky and never missed a game.

Background in athletics: Not very sports-oriented, but attended sporting events.

Current family and what they’re doing: Has two sons. Russ lives in Louisville, is married, and coached lacrosse at Kentucky Country Day this past spring. He also coached 5th and 6th grade basketball at Trinity last season. Doug, the younger of the two, is an assistant coach for Eastern Kentucky’s men’s basketball team.

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Bellarmine team, parents, and fans watching as a free throw is shot to win the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2011. Sharon is standing in the second row from the bottom of the stands (maroon t-shirt and arms crossed next to a woman with a black turtleneck and white sweatshirt). Sons Russ and Doug are in the row in front of her on either side of her. Daughter-in-law Ashley is standing two seats down from Sharon in a white t-shirt.

How she met her husband: Started dating in 1979. Met through Jefferson County Public Schools; had the same job at two different schools, which was the “positive alternative to suspension” position. Scott was at Shawnee while Sharon was at Southern.

Current occupation: Has been a substitute teacher for the last 20 years at Chenoweth Elementary, where her two sons also attended.

What it is like supporting her husband Scott’s coaching career: “Very stressful, especially now that Doug is coaching too. The highs are the highest highs and the lows can be the lowest lows in sports. It’s tough when your job relies on 18-, 19-, 20-year-old boys. [Scott] was coaching freshman, junior varsity, and varsity (assistant) when we first started dating… so I’ve never known him not coaching. I go to a lot of games. I sit in many gyms, but you meet a lot of great people… I consider us very lucky. They’re just great kids to be around.”

What it is like supporting her son Doug’s college coaching career: “I am a sounding board when he’s frustrated. I’m the one who gets the calls and the texts. All I can do is listen. He knows the game forward, backward, up, and down, and is a great coach. He’s great with the guys.”

The difference between how she approaches her son’s coaching versus her husband’s coaching: Takes it harder when Doug is frustrated “because you’re just raised to nurture your children. He played at Bellarmine and worked at Xavier and Louisville, so… I remind him of that when he’s frustrated. They’re so much alike. They both take it to heart. They give 150%. They work 18-19 hours a day. He’s exactly like his father. I’m proud of them both. They work hard at what they do.”

Hobbies and interests: Has a great group of friends, many of whom sit with her at Bellarmine games. “We do everything together.” Also says, “I’m very content with being home alone. I read. [Watch] lots of TV.”

What Scott’s success has been for her: “I am so proud for him showing that all the hard work and passion he puts into it has paid off. I really [believe he] deserves that.”

What she is passionate about: “My family. I don’t have grandchildren right now, but if and when I do, I’ll be very passionate about that.” Also says, “Our education system. I don’t think what we’re doing right now is working.” Lastly, being supportive.

Values and principles she lives by: “I think we’re very traditional. I’m a big believer in respect. I think you have to value that people who come before you know what they’re talking about. I believe in helping everybody.”

Her favorite thing about Louisville: “Probably the size. We offer a lot, but yet we’re small enough. There’s always a connection in Louisville… you know somebody who knows somebody. I like that we have southern charm and treat people the way we do.”

Who she goes to for advice or mentorship: “For advice, I talk to my girlfriends. They’re the best people.”

Her favorite quote or saying: “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones… People don’t live in glass houses, so watch what you say or watch what you think.”