Brian Davis has been away from the South Puget Sound League for four years, but he’s kept tabs on the conference he calls the “toughest 4A league in the state.”
“Whenever Squalicum wasn’t playing, I watching Kentwood,” said Davis, who has been an assistant coach at the Bellingham school for four seasons while pursuing a teaching degree at Western Washington University.
The 1998 Kent-Meridian graduate will now get an up-close view of the SPSL. He has been hired as the new boys basketball coach at Kentwood.
Davis said he was “instantly intrigued” when he heard about the opening at Kentwood.
“Coming back to your roots is pretty special,” Davis said. “The opportunity to tap the resources of the Kentwood community and Covington is big. I’m excited to coach the kids in the area I grew up in.”
Davis will also get a chance – at least twice a season – to go head-to-head against his former coach, Dave Jamison. Jamison was the head coach at Kent-Meridian during Davis’ senior year. Davis also served as an assistant under Jamison at Kentridge from 2000-2006. He said he expects the first time the Conquerors and Chargers meet on the court will “be awkward given that (Jamison) has taught me so much.”
Davis is leaving a Squalicum program that has won back-to-back Class 2A state titles and taking over a Kentwood team that claimed the Class 4A state championship. The Conquerors will not have the services of All-America center Joshua Smith, who will play at UCLA next season.
Davis said he is prepared to take over a team that has high expectations.
“Something I learned last year at Squalicum when we won the state title year before last is that every team is different no matter what,” he said. “There are always changes and adjustments.”
Davis, who is completing a student-teaching program at Squalicum, said his mother still lives in Kent and his girlfriend teaches in the Lake Washington School District. He will be a substitue teacher and might pursue a Master’s degree.
Former Kentwood coach Michael Angelidis resigned in March after guiding the Conquerors for four seasons.