Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FIRST ON HCS UPDATED: Patrick Henry Names Bryan Davis New Football Coach (New As of 1PM ET)

Patrick Henry High School announced this morning that Bryan Davis, a 1997 graduate of Ferrum College who last served as a head coach at Topsail High School in North Carolina, has been named their new head football coach.

Davis compiled a 40-30 record at the helm at Topsail over six seasons from 2007 to 2012. He resigned in April, 2013 citing family commitments. (More on that announcement can be found here.) Davis had four winning seasons during that span.

His father, Dave Davis, began coaching at Ferrum as an assistant in 1984, becoming head coach ten years later. He led Ferrum through the 2010 season whereupon he retired.

"We wanted someone who would be a good fit for our boys and would help us elevate PH football. We think we found that person in Bryan Davis," Patrick Henry principal Wanda Bibb said in a statement released to the press earlier this morning.

Davis is currently working at Jacksonville High School in North Carolina and formally cannot begin working at Patrick Henry until August 1st. Bibb said a "meet and greet" event for parents, students and staff with Davis is in the works as well as other events.

Davis becomes the third head coach at Patrick Henry since Ray Long's late 2009 retirement after 28 years at the helm, and 228 victories. Since that time, the Patriots have compiled a record of 12-28, while the other three high schools in the county have reached the postseason at least twice since 2011.

UPDATED NOTE: HCS has learned that Davis was set to become head coach at Warhill High School in James City County a year ago, but later resigned because a teaching position that he said originally was offered to him with the head coaching position did not come. He had worked two weeks with the football players before making the decision to return to teaching in North Carolina.

Details on the Warhill story are available in this story from the Hampton Roads Daily Press (@DP_Sports on Twitter) HERE.

HCS Media congratulates Davis on the appointment and looks forward to working with him and his staff. There was no immediate word on timetables of hiring assistants.

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