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Davie Sheppard

Davie Sheppard was both a graduate of Tufts, as well as a track and football coach. He graduated from the school of Arts and Sciences with a master’s degree in Secondary Education in 1982.

Sheppard was born in Williamston, North Carolina. He graduated from E.J. Hayes High School, and was a star running back on the 1968 North Carolina state championship football team. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was a member of both the football team and the track team.

After college, he served in the US Air Force from 1972 to 1977, and was stationed in Germany, South Carolina, and California. He was honorably discharged from the army when he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He played several exhibition games with the Green Bay Packers, before his master’s at Tufts. He also was very athletic, completing the Boston Marathon in 1983, as well as being a lifelong golfer.

Sheppard married his wife, Cheryl, in 1978. He passed away on September 11, 1993, due to a heart attack.

Biography written and researched by Peter Lam.


“Davie L. Sheppard, Belmont man, was football, track coach; at 42.” The Boston Globe. 16 September, 1993.