“Coach D.J.” encourages students to work hard, earn every yard

Dejaneiro “Coach D.J.” Davis talks about life as an educator, running the play and his latest book, “100 Yards to Go.”

By Richardra Winder Robinson
Free Press Reporter

A black boy born to a teenaged mother is oftentimes stigmatized by society to be less fortunate and face many challenges they cannot overcome.  Then there are those who beat the odds. Dejaneiro Davis, affectionally known as Coach D.J. has broken down barriers, jumped through obstacles, and continues running the plays of his life.

Born in West Monroe, LA, some would consider Davis the poster child of Ouachita Parish. He received his early education from Ransom Elementary, Riser Middle school, and a 1994 graduate of West Monroe High School.  As a high school student at West Monroe where…

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