SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Quenice Davis is never too far from a basketball court. She even gets to play at work, at Sierra School of Sacramento, where she is the associate director.

“It’s a lot, it’s exhausting,” says Davis. “But I feel like it’s my purpose. It’s my calling.”

Quenice Davis has worked at the school for six years. She has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State and a master’s degree from Pacific.

“I wear a lot of hats, honestly,” she says. “Coaching teachers, running meetings, and I’m still very involved with the students outside of the classroom and inside of the classroom.”

That involvement revolves around basketball.

It is a way she can relate to some of the 167 students with special needs at the school.

“A lot of people know that I played basketball, or played basketball professionally,” said Davis. “I get involved with the students on the blacktop but I don’t really coach here.”

She does, however, coach at Rio Americano High School. It is her alma mater, and she was recently inducted into the hall of fame.

Quenice Davis was a standout athlete at the school, then she starred at San Diego State where she is still the Aztecs’ all-time leader in assists. She also played professionally in Austria, Israel, Greece and Germany.

“After I retired, I knew I wanted to go into teaching. Didn’t know what that would look like,” smiled Davis. “Communication aspect, patience, composure, they both translate to both jobs.

“I show up everyday, and it’s for them. It’s really for them. Just seeing that I can be a role model for them and really have an impact on their day-to-day life was something that hit home for me.”